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IdentificationMission: STS067 Roll: 726 Frame: 94 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS67
Country or Geographic Name: KIRIBATI
Features: CHRISTMAS I, B. OF WRECKS
Center Point: Latitude: 2.0 Longitude: -157.5 (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: 33
Camera Focal Length: 100mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5046 : Kodak, natural color positive, Lumiere 100/5046, ASA 100, standard base.
QualityFilm Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
GMT Date: 19950310 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 014032 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 0.4, Longitude: -158.7 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Northeast
Sun Azimuth: 263 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 184 nautical miles (341 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 46 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 124
CaptionsSTS067-726-94 Kiritimati Island, Republic of Kiribati March 1995
Kiritimati Island (formerly known as Christmas Island), the largest atoll in the Pacific Ocean, is the centerpiece of this low-oblique, northeast-looking photograph. The atoll covers 234 square miles (606 square kilometers), of which 94 square miles (243 square kilometers) are land. The island was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1777. The majority of the island's inhabitants work on coconut plantations and in copra production. The islandís major airbase is on the northeast side of the island. A few meteorological research stations are scattered throughout the island. Nuclear tests were conducted on Kiritimati Island by the British in 1957 and 1958 and by the United States in 1962.
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