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STS111-E-5451

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File NameFile Size (bytes)WidthHeightAnnotatedCroppedPurposeComments
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 34298540405 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 39785639435 No No
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 178981540405 Photographic Highlights(540px resized images)
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 40419430322064 No No
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 5138741000691 No Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View STS111-E-5451.JPG 5211591024768 Photographic Highlights(actual files used)
View STS111-E-5451_2.JPG 96712630001987 No No Updated image for database

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Identification

Mission: STS111 Roll: E Frame: 5451 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS111
Country or Geographic Name: NORTH AMERICA
Features: PAN-THUNDERSTORMS, ANVILS
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)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:

Camera

Camera Tilt: High Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 400mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

Quality

Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 100 (76-100)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20020617 (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:

Captions

Sharp air mass boundaries, such as this one photographed by astronauts on board the Space Shuttle on June 17 2002, often are the focus of development for severe thunderstorms. This storm formed in the late afternoon over Eastern China. The sunlit anvil tops of thunderstorms here are estimated to be in excess of 60,000 feet (18,300 m) where icy cirrus clouds form near the top of the troposphere. The distribution and impact of such high clouds are a significant challenge to scientists modeling the Earth’s energy budget and climate.

The crew of the International Space Station is attempting to acquire such imagery over Florida this summer in support of a large, multi-agency experiment CRYSTAL - FACE (Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Cirrus Layers - Florida Area Cirrus Experiment). This experiment is designed to collect measurements of clouds that will help improve climate models. Such photos have the potential to provide profound, synoptic visuals for use in describing and interpreting these measurements. More information on CRYSTAL – FACE as well as other images of the atmosphere are available at http://cloud1.arc.nasa.gov/crystalface/

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