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View ISS027-E-27023.JPG 74683640437 No No
View ISS027-E-27023.JPG 265513540360 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
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Identification

Mission: ISS027 Roll: E Frame: 27023 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS027
Country or Geographic Name: USA-TENNESSEE
Features: MISSISSIPPI R. IN FLOOD, SED., AGR., WETLANDS, RIDGELY, LEVEES, CANALS
Center Point: Latitude: 36.3 Longitude: -89.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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Camera

Camera Tilt: 42
Camera Focal Length: 400mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.

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Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20110512 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 160137 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 38.7, Longitude: -88.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 123 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 184 nautical miles (341 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 59 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3531

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Mississippi Floods in Missouri and Tennessee

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Along the border between Tennessee and southeastern Missouri, the Mississippi River spilled onto floodplains, submerging agricultural fields on either side of the river. Taken from an altitude of 220 miles (350 kilometers) above the Earth, this astronaut photo shows muddy water resting on croplands. In this image, north is toward the lower right.

The land cover around the Mississippi in this region is a combination of forest (dark green) and cropland (rectangles of green and brown). Where muddy water has inundated fields, the borders of some fields peek through the water, appearing as green lines. Along the eastern bank of the Mississippi (image center), a double loop pushes away from the river. This long-term feature (not the result of 2011 flooding) is likely transitioning to an oxbow lake.

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