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View STS105-E-5416.JPG 64571540351 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
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Mission: STS105 Roll: E Frame: 5416 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS105
Country or Geographic Name: USA-CALIFORNIA
Center Point: Latitude: 39.5 Longitude: -122.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)


Camera Tilt: 52
Camera Focal Length: 180mm
Camera: E3: Kodak DCS660 Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.


Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)


GMT Date: 20010820 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 213730 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 43.7, Longitude: -122.3 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: South
Sun Azimuth: 217 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 200 nautical miles (370 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 54 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 158


After undocking with Space Station Alpha, on August 20, 2001, astronauts on the Space Shuttle photographed wildfires burning in the western U.S. using a digital camera. Zooming in with a longer lens length, astronauts recorded details of individual fires. The digital images were then downlinked to the ground.

The Trough Fire, burning in Mendocino National Forest was 76 percent contained and had burned 16,751 acres at the time the photo was taken. Information on fire status and locations was obtained from the National Fire Interagency Center and U.S. Forest Service Detailed Fire Intelligence (

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