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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS008-E-12564 Date: Jan. 2004
Geographic Region: ATLANTIC OCEAN
Feature: PAN-SOUTH GEORGIA IS., ICEBERGS

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  Iceberg Melt, Near South Georgia:
Astronauts on board the International Space Station took this detailed view of melt water pooled on the surface of iceberg A-39D, an iceberg measuring 2 km wide by 11 km long and currently drifting near South Georgia Island. The different intensities of blue are interpreted as different water depths. From the orientation of the iceberg, the deepest water (darkest blue) lies at the westernmost end of the iceberg. The water pools have formed from snowmeltólate January is the peak of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

This iceberg was part of the original A-38 iceberg (http://nsidc.org/icebergs/a38/) that calved from the Ronne Ice Shelf in October 1998. Originally the ice was between 200 and 350 meters thick. This piece of that iceberg is now probably about 150 meters thick, with around 15 m sticking up above the surface of the water.

This oblique photograph was taken by astronauts looking south over the south Atlantic Ocean from the International Space Station on January 22, 2004. An accompanying detailed view can be found at ISS008-E-12555. Based on the astronaut observations, Dr. Ted Scambos fo the National Snow and Ice Data Center decided to continue to track the icebergs. By April they had broken up, potentially as a result of the meltponding.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 36k
Mission: ISS008  
Roll - Frame: E - 12564
Geographical Name: ATLANTIC OCEAN  
Features: PAN-SOUTH GEORGIA IS., ICEBERGS  
Center Lat x Lon: 53S x 36W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 75
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 1530  
 
Date: 20040122   YYYYMMDD
Time: 123726   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 49.8S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 27W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 36   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 205   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: ICE, OCEAN  
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