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IdentificationMission: ISS016 Roll: E Frame: 23198 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS016
Country or Geographic Name: ATLANTIC OCEAN
Features: ICEBERG A53A, FRAGMENTS
Center Point: Latitude: -55.1 Longitude: -39.4 (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:
CameraCamera Tilt: High Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 25 (11-25)
GMT Date: 20080115 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 165527 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -48.7, Longitude: -37.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: South
Sun Azimuth: 302 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 184 nautical miles (341 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 51 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 430
CaptionsISS016-E-023198 (15 Jan. 2008) --- A portion of Mega-iceberg A53a in the South Atlantic Ocean is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crewmember on the International Space Station. At the time this image was taken in mid-January 2008, the entire iceberg measured close to 50 kilometers x 22 kilometers, about seven times the area of Manhattan Island. Icebergs of the Southern Atlantic Ocean contain rock material from Antarctica, eroded by the moving ice and also as wind-borne dust from deserts in Africa, South America and Australia. According to NASA scientists, the finest powdery rock material acts as nutrient for sea organisms. As icebergs melt, the surrounding seawater is enriched. The area of enrichment is significantly enlarged when a mega-iceberg disintegrates into many small pieces.
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