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IdentificationMission: STS038 Roll: 85 Frame: 103 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS38
Country or Geographic Name: USA-FLORIDA
Features: KEY WEST
Center Point Latitude: 24.5 Center Point Longitude: -81.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Stereo: Yes (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:
CameraCamera Tilt: 27
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: 0 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 19901118 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 202009 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 24.9, Longitude: -82.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 230 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 116 nautical miles (215 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 27 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 47
CaptionsSTS038-85-103 Florida Keys and Key West, Florida, U.S.A. November 1990
This south-looking, low-oblique photograph captures the southernmost city in the continental United States, Key West, with the runways of the Key West Naval Air Station obvious near the center of the photograph. The island of Key West [4 miles (6 kilometers) long and 2 miles (3 kilometers) wide and located 60 miles (97 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Florida] is one of the Florida Keys, a chain of small coral and limestone islands and reefs that curves southwest for 150 miles (240 kilometers) from just south of Miami Beach to Key West. The causeway connecting the mainland with Key West was completed in 1938, just 3 years after the city was rebuilt following extensive hurricane damage. Many of the islands are habitable; they are generally covered with dense growths of low trees, shrubs, and mangrove swamps. The Florida Keys are noted for their tropical vegetation, commercial fisheries, and resorts. Especially popular in winter, Key West is an artist colony, a fishing resort, a commercial shrimping and fishing center, and a cigar manufacturing site.
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