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IdentificationMission: STS049 Roll: 75 Frame: 43 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS49
Country or Geographic Name: AUSTRALIA-Q
Features: GT. BARRIER REEF
Center Point: Latitude: -10.0 Longitude: 144.0 (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: N-14 JNC Map ID:
CameraCamera Tilt: 19
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: 5 (0-10)
GMT Date: 19920509 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 005511 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -10.9, Longitude: 144.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: North
Sun Azimuth: 36 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 169 nautical miles (313 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 55 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 17
CaptionsSTS049-75-43 Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia May 1992
Two separate reef zones are visible in this northeast view of the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The distinct, gently curving arc of the almost unbroken eastern line of coral barrier reefs stands out in contrast to the more randomly spaced coral colonies located on the shallow continental shelf off of the northeast tip of the Cape York Peninsula. This particular image of the Great Barrier Reef shows less than 5 percent (approximately 70 miles—113 kilometers—from the top edge of the frame to the bottom right corner) of the total latitudinal distance that the reef covers along the northeast coast of Queensland. The reef stretches from north-northwest to southeast for 1250 miles (2010 kilometers).
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