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ISS026-E-34079

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Identification

Mission: ISS026 Roll: E Frame: 34079 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS026
Country or Geographic Name: JAPAN
Features: SENDAI AREA COAST, ISHIMONAKI, SOMA, KASHIMA
Center Point: Latitude: 38.0 Longitude: 141.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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Camera Tilt: 52
Camera Focal Length: 200mm
Camera: N5: Nikon D3S
Film: 4256E : 4256 x 2832 pixel CMOS sensor, 36.0mm x 23.9mm, total pixels: 12.87 million, Nikon FX format.

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Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 75 (51-75)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20110314 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 003513 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 36.5, Longitude: 144.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 139 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 185 nautical miles (343 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 42 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 2592

Captions

Flooded Coast near Sendai

Through a thin haze of clouds, flooding was still discernible south of Sendai days after the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated Japan. An Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station took this photograph on March 14, 2011.

This image is rotated slightly so north is to the upper right. The metropolitan area of Sendai appears in shades of beige and gray. The coastal plain east and south of the city appears dark due to flood waters sitting on normally dry land. Rivers meandering to the coast blend with the inundated lands now surrounding them.

This photo was taken from an altitude of 215 miles (345 kilometers). Compared to an astronaut photo acquired the previous day, this image appears to have been captured from a higher altitude, but the seeming difference is due to the camera lens.

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