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IdentificationMission: ISS017 Roll: E Frame: 10303 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS017
Country or Geographic Name: USA-CALIFORNIA
Features: POINT SUR, BASIN FIRE, PLUMES
Center Point Latitude: 36.0 Center Point Longitude: -121.5 (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:
CameraCamera Tilt: 29
Camera Focal Length: 180mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 75 (51-75)
NadirGMT Date: 20080704 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 180334 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 34.5, Longitude: -120.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Northwest
Sun Azimuth: 105 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 187 nautical miles (346 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 61 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3129
CaptionsBasin Fire, Central California
One of the largest and most destructive fires raging across California over the July 4th weekend was the Basin Fire, threatening Big Sur, and covering the coast in a thick blanket of smoke. Astronaut Greg Chamitoff, observing the fires from 344 km above the Earth (215 miles) aboard the International Space Station, was able to capture the regional view of the smoke pall. At the time this image was taken, more than 300 fires were burning in California alone. This Basin Fire was triggered by a thunderstorm, has burned 77,000 acres, and is still only partially contained.
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