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IdentificationMission: STS095 Roll: 743 Frame: 33 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS95
Country or Geographic Name: USA-FLORIDA
Features: PAN-FLORIDA PENINSULA
Center Point: Latitude: 29.0 Longitude: -83.0 (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: J-26 JNC Map ID: 47
CameraCamera Tilt: High Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 40mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5069 : Kodak Elite 100S, E6 Reversal, Replaces Lumiere, Warmer in tone vs. Lumiere.
QualityFilm Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 15 (11-25)
GMT Date: 19981031 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 155000 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 22.9, Longitude: -80.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: North
Sun Azimuth: 152 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 295 nautical miles (546 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 49 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 29
CaptionsTaken from a point over Cuba, this photo shows an oblique, foreshortened view of the Florida Peninsula, with the light blue, shallow seafloor of both the Florida Keys (curving across the bottom
of the view) and the Bahama banks (right). "Popcorn" cumulus cloud covers Miami and the southern Everglades, although the built-up area from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach can be discerned. Lake Okeechobee is the prominent waterbody in Florida. Cape Canaveral is shown well, half way up the peninsula. Orlando appears as the lighter patch west (left) of Cape Canaveral, near the middle of the peninsula.
Cape Hatteras appears top right, with the north part of Chesapeake Bay also visible. This is a visibility of 16 degrees of latitude (23 degrees N over Cuba to 39 degrees at Baltimore), showing unusual atmospheric clarity. Nevertheless, this photo also gives information on air flow and aerosols in the atmosphere: thin but coherent corridors of haze, probably generated by human activity, as is most haze over the USA, from industrial emissions and agricultural biomass-burning, can be seen over the Atlantic off the Georgia coast. These are common features downwind of all industrialized nations and downwind of less developed countries which perform intensive biomass burning of savanna and rainforests.
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