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Mission: ISS036 Roll: E Frame: 28444 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS036
Country or Geographic Name: AUSTRALIA-Q
Center Point: Latitude: -25.2 Longitude: 153.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)


Camera Tilt: 15
Camera Focal Length: 400mm
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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Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)


GMT Date: 20130803 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 215743 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -25.9, Longitude: 152.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Northeast
Sun Azimuth: 60 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 226 nautical miles (419 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 18 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

The northern end of the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay are highlighted in this astronaut photograph from the International Space Station. The Strait is an estuary that separates the mainland coastline of the state of Queensland, Australia from neighboring Fraser Island. The mainland side of the Strait includes the city of Hervey Bay, visible at image top center. Other communities that have become part of the larger metropolitan area include Scarness, Booral, and Urangan. A small vegetated island and shallow sand bars of the Great Sandy Strait are visible at image center left, while submerged sands appear as bright blue flowing ribbons at image center. A small, bright white exposure of sand is visible above the water level near the center point of the image.

While once a major freighting center for the sugar cane industry, the local economy is now largely based on tourism, with whale watching tours a popular attraction. The Great Sandy Strait estuary provides habitat for breeding fish, crustaceans, turtles, and other sea life, as well as a wide variety of birds including non-breeding wading species including Eastern Curlews, Bat-tailed Godwits, and Pied Oystercatchers. Nearby Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and a World Heritage site.

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