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Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

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ISS006-E-22132

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Identification

Mission: ISS006 Roll: E Frame: 22132 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS006
Country or Geographic Name: SOCIETY ISLANDS
Features: HUAHINE, RAIATEA, BORA-BORA, TUPAI
Center Point: Latitude: -16.5 Longitude: -151.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:

Camera

Camera Tilt: 43
Camera Focal Length: 85mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

Quality

Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 25 (11-25)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20030201 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 231449 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -16.9, Longitude: -154.8 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 267 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 212 nautical miles (393 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 80 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3990

Captions

In one frame International Space Station astronauts were able to capture the evolution of fringing reefs to atolls. As with the Hawaiian Islands, these volcanic hot spot islands become progressively older to the northwest. As these islands move away from their magma sources they erode and subside. The two large islands, Raiatea and Tahaa, share a single fringing reef. The next island to the northwest, Bora-Bora, consists of a highly eroded volcanic remnant with fringing reef. The last island, Tupai, signifies the destiny of these islands; the fringing reef has become an atoll with the central island below sea level.

More information and photographs of tropical islands is included in the Islands chapter of Oceanography from the Space Shuttle (Links to this were removed because they no longer work).

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