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ISS014-E-7480

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Identification

Mission: ISS014 Roll: E Frame: 7480 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS014
Country or Geographic Name: USA-TEXAS
Features: DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, AGR.
Center Point: Latitude: 32.4 Longitude: -99.8 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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Camera Tilt: 19
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

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Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20061107 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 164854 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 32.7, Longitude: -100.8 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 151 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 183 nautical miles (339 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 36 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1580

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Dyess Air Force Base: Abilene, Texas:
Dyess Air Force Base, located near the central Texas city of Abilene, is the home of the 7thBomb Wing and 317th Airlift Groups of the United States Air Force. The base also conducts all initial Air Force combat crew training for the B-1B Lancer aircraft. The main runway is approximately 5 kilometers long, a distance that is necessary to accommodate the large bombers and cargo aircraft at the base. Many of these aircraft are visible in the image, parked in parallel rows on the base tarmac.

Airfields and airports are useful sites for astronauts to hone their technique for using a long camera lens to acquire high-resolution images. The sharp contrast between highly reflective, linear features, such as runways, and darker agricultural fields and undisturbed (vegetated) land allows fine focusing of the cameras. This on-the-job training is crucial for teaching astronauts to obtain not only high-resolution imagery of Earth, but also inspection photographs of the thermal protection tiles on the Space Shuttle during continuing missions to the International Space Station.

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