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ISS026-E-17421

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Mission: ISS026 Roll: E Frame: 17421 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS026
Country or Geographic Name: AUSTRALIA-Q
Features: BRISBANE RIVER, FLOODING, YERONGA, TARINGA, MOUNT COOT-THA
Center Point: Latitude: -27.5 Longitude: 153.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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Camera Tilt: 27
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.

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Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)

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GMT Date: 20110113 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 200739 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -26.5, Longitude: 154.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 108 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 193 nautical miles (357 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 13 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1660

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Flooding in Brisbane Suburbs

This detailed astronaut photograph illustrates flooding in suburbs of the Brisbane, Australia metropolitan region. The Brisbane area experienced catastrophic flooding following unusually heavy rainfall on January 10, 2011. With surficial soils already saturated from previous rainfall events, eastward-draining surface flow caused the Brisbane River to flood—inundating an estimated 20,000 homes in suburbs of the capital city of Queensland. Other cities in Queensland have also experienced damaging floods during previous heavy rainfall events this year.

The image, taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station, highlights several suburbs along the Brisbane River in the southern part of the Brisbane metropolitan area. The light-colored rooftops of residences and other structures contrast sharply with green vegetation and brown, sediment laden floodwaters. Most visible low-lying areas are inundated by floodwater, perhaps the most striking being Rocklea at image upper left. The suburb of Yeronga (image lower left) also has evident regions of flooding, as does a park and golf course located along a bend in the Brisbane River to the south of St. Lucia (image center). Flooding becomes less apparent near the higher elevations of Mt. Coot-Tha at image right.

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