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IdentificationMission: ISS027 Roll: E Frame: 27026 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS027
Country or Geographic Name: USA-MISSOURI
Features: MISSISSIPPI R. IN FLOOD, SED., AGR., WETLANDS, NEW MADRID, HOTCHKISS BEND
Center Point: Latitude: 36.6 Longitude: -89.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
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CameraCamera Tilt: 40
Camera Focal Length: 400mm
Camera: N2: Nikon D2Xs
Film: 4288E : 4288 x 2848 pixel CMOS sensor, RGBG imager color filter.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 25 (11-25)
GMT Date: 20110512 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 160140 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 38.8, Longitude: -88.1 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 124 (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
CaptionsFlooding near New Madrid, Missouri
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Along a northward loop of the Mississippi River, near the city of New Madrid, flood water rested on agricultural fields in early May 2011. Taken from an altitude of 220 miles (350 kilometers) above the Earth, this astronaut photo shows muddy water filling a broad swath of cropland north of the river bend. In this image, north is toward the lower right.
Crops normally carpet the landscape north of New Madrid. This portion of Missouri, however, lies near the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway. On May 2, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers breached a levee near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The move spared the residents of Cairo, Illinois, but filled the floodway.
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