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IdentificationMission: STS080 Roll: 750 Frame: 76 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS80
Country or Geographic Name: TUAMOTU ARCHIPELAGO
Features: RANGIROA ATOLL, REEFS
Center Point Latitude: -15.0 Center Point Longitude: -147.5 (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: 17
Camera Focal Length: 250mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5046 : Kodak, natural color positive, Lumiere 100/5046, ASA 100, standard base.
QualityFilm Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 5 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 19961201 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 020916 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: -15.0, Longitude: -146.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 253 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 194 nautical miles (359 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 25 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 178
CaptionsSTS080-750-76 Rangiroa Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago November 1996
The largest of the atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa Atoll can be seen in this north-looking view. The Tuamotu Archipelago comprises 78 low islands or atolls scattered over hundreds of miles (kilometers) in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is the world’s most extensive atoll archipelago. Rangiroa Atoll is 42 miles (78 km) long and 16 miles (24 km) wide and is the second largest atoll in the world. The largest atoll in the world is Kwajajein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Rangiroa Atoll has an irregular, elongated shape. The atoll is world famous for its unsurpassed scuba diving and has some of the clearest waters in the world.
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