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IdentificationMission: STS038 Roll: 74 Frame: 86 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS38
Country or Geographic Name: LOYALTY ISLANDS
Features: OUVEA ATOLL, BEAUTEMPS I.
Center Point: Latitude: -20.6 Longitude: 166.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Stereo: No (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:
CameraCamera Tilt: 42
Camera Focal Length: 250mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5017 : Kodak, natural color positive, Ektachrome, X Professional, ASA 64, standard base.
QualityFilm Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
GMT Date: 19901116 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 214014 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -22.1, Longitude: 168.1 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Northwest
Sun Azimuth: 94 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 142 nautical miles (263 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 50 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 15
CaptionsSTS038-74-86 Ouvea Island, Beautemps Atoll, Loyality Islands November 1990
This southeast-looking view shows the beautiful light blue waters surrounding Ouvea Island. Ouvea Island is a coral atoll that rests on the remains of a submerged volcanic island. The coral atoll was uplifted millions of years ago giving birth to the slightly raised land mass now visible on the image. Only the southeast portion of the present island was uplifted, thus the overall island retains its original appearance particularly the islandís large lagoon. The 16 miles (25 km) of white sandy beach facing the lagoon is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are no rivers on Ouvea Island. The water, which supplies the people who live on the island, comes from rain that seeps through the calcareous soil and forms freshwater pools. Ouvea Island is approximately 62 miles (100 km) northeast of New Caledonia. Beautemps Atoll is visible near the lower right of the image. Jovan Reef is discernible in the upper left portion of the image.
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