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File NameFile Size (bytes)WidthHeightAnnotatedCroppedPurposeComments
View STS105-723-7.JPG 30516515512 No No From ISD PhotoCDs
View STS105-723-7.JPG 9564810301024 No No From ISD PhotoCDs
View STS105-723-7.JPG 125763540422 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View STS105-723-7.JPG 24009212961105 NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View STS105-723-7_2.JPG 30551620632048 No No From ISD PhotoCDs
View STS105-723-7_3.JPG 90833741274096 No No From ISD PhotoCDs
View STS105-723-7_2.JPG 125029400313 Yes No Photographic Highlights
View STS105-723-7.JPG 24009212961105 No No
View STS105-723-7_2.TIF 449536412531287 No No
View STS105-723-7.TIF 490689013081326 No No

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Mission: STS105 Roll: 723 Frame: 7 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS105
Country or Geographic Name: ATLANTIC OCEAN
Center Point: Latitude: Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)


Camera Tilt: High Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 110mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5069 : Kodak Elite 100S, E6 Reversal, Replaces Lumiere, Warmer in tone vs. Lumiere.


Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 50 (26-50)


GMT Date: 20010819 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: , Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:
Sun Azimuth: (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: nautical miles (0 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number:


Shuttle astronauts frequently track Saharan dust storms as they blow from north Africa across the Atlantic Ocean. Dust palls blowing from Africa take about a week to cross the Atlantic. Recently, researchers have linked Saharan dust to coral disease, allergic reactions in humans, and red tides. The photograph was taken by Space Shuttle astronauts while docked to the International Space Station on August 19, 2001. The spacecraft is over the Atlantic Ocean at roughly 45N, 60W. The astronauts were looking obliquely to the south; the boundaries of the dust plumes can be traced visually by the abrupt change from clear to hazy atmosphere-the hazy line marks the northern edge of the dust pall near the Caribbean.

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