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IdentificationMission: STS046 Roll: 77 Frame: 31 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS46
Country or Geographic Name: AUSTRALIA-Q
Features: GREAT BARRIER REEF
Center Point Latitude: -14.0 Center Point Longitude: 144.0 (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: N-14 JNC Map ID:
CameraCamera Tilt: 50
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)
NadirGMT Date: 19920808 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 025557 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -13.9, Longitude: 141.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 354 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 124 nautical miles (230 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 61 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 120
CaptionsSTS046-77-31 Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia August 1992
The Great Barrier Reef is a complex assemblage of hundreds of individual coral reefs that extend along the Queensland coast of Australia for approximately 1200 miles (2000 kilometers). The reefs in this photograph, some of the largest within the Great Barrier Reef province, are located along the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula, near the northern end of the largest and longest coral formation in the world. Many of the reefs are named—the large reef, approximately 13 miles (20 kilometers) from the coast, is Magpie Reef; the large reef south of Magpie is Heoge Reef. (Refer to STS059-L22-35 for a synoptic photograph and additional information about the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.) Red mine waste from iron or aluminum mining.
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