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IdentificationMission: ISS017 Roll: E Frame: 18075 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS017
Country or Geographic Name: USA-COLORADO
Features: PUEBLO CHEMICAL DEPOT
Center Point Latitude: 38.3 Center Point Longitude: -104.3 (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: 18
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 20081001 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 211747 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 37.3, Longitude: -104.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: North
Sun Azimuth: 229 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 189 nautical miles (350 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 36 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 532
CaptionsPueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado
This astronaut photograph illustrates the unusual man-made landscape of the Pueblo Chemical Depot located near the city of Pueblo, Colorado. The depot was built during World War II by the U.S. Army to house and ship ammunition needed for war efforts, and this role transitioned to missile repair and maintenance during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The current use of the depot is to house chemical munitions, but changes are underway by the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency to destroy these munitions and make the site environmentally safe for reuse.
The stippled pattern on the landscape is due to hundreds of concrete and earth-covered storage “igloos” that form ordered rows across the site (image top). These igloos are where chemical munitions and other materials are secured. Larger, white-roofed maintenance buildings once used for munitions storage were built with separate compartments to minimize potential damage from explosions. Other features visible in this detailed image include roads (light tan lines) and rail lines (dark brown), water impoundments (black, irregular shapes), and various office and industrial buildings (rectangular shapes at image lower left.)
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