Return to Earth From Space Home
Earth from Space logo Image Information Earth from Space logo

Display a Screen Layout for Printing

IMAGE: gray corner       IMAGE: gray corner
  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS014-E-5615 Date: Oct. 2006
Geographic Region: ARGENTINA
Feature: BAHIA BLANCA, ESTUARY, AGR.

Ordering information for space photography
 
IMAGE: gray corner     IMAGE: gray corner

Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner
  View Low-Resolution Image  
  ISS014-E-05615 (14 Oct. 2006) --- Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 14 crewmember on the International Space Station. The port city of Bahia Blanca lies almost 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires on the southern rim of the Argentine economic heartland. This small city of 275,000 people is captured in one frame which shows its position near the mouth of the Arroyo Naposta. The salt flats (gray) and wetlands bordering this estuary, characterized by twisting, light colored tidal channels and dark swamps, lie mainly on the south side of the river. The yellow tinge to the water surfaces arises from the partial sunglint reflection on this particular day. The name Bahia Blanca (White Bay) derives from the white color of the salt and was applied to the major bay--noted by Magellan as he probed the coast of South America for a passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1520--and then to the city at the head of this bay. Highways, airline routes and pipelines from oil and gas fields to the west and south all converge on Bahia Blanca. The city is a major cultural center and historically has acted as a gateway for immigration. Higher ground on the north side of the estuary affords stable ground for the growth of the city and for intensive agriculture, a mainstay of the Argentine economy. The city is set back from the waterfront where an industrial park, a petrochemical center, and dockyards (white ellipse) are located.




Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina:
The port city of Bahía Blanca lies almost 600 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires on the southern rim of the Argentine economic heartland. This small city of 275,000 people is located near the mouth of the Arroyo Naposta. The salt flats (gray) and wetlands bordering this estuary lie mainly on the south side of the river. Twisting, light-colored tidal channels and dark swamps meander through the estuary. The yellow tinge to the water surfaces arises from partial sunglint—light reflected directly back towards the astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

The name Bahía Blanca (“White Bay”) derives from the white color of the salt. The name applies to the major bay (which was noted by Magellan as he probed the coast of South America for a passage to the Pacific Ocean in 1520) and the city at the head of the bay. Highways, airline routes, and pipelines from oil and gas fields to the west and south all converge on Bahía Blanca. The city is a major cultural center and historically has acted as a gateway for immigration. Higher ground on the north side of the estuary affords stable ground for the growth of the city and for intensive agriculture, a mainstay of the Argentine economy. The city sits back from the waterfront, where an industrial park, a petrochemical center, and dockyards are located.
 
Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 405k
Mission: ISS014  
Roll - Frame: E - 5615
Geographical Name: ARGENTINA  
Features: BAHIA BLANCA, ESTUARY, AGR.  
Center Lat x Lon: 38.8S x 62.3W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: 35   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 400  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 1202  
 
Date: 20061014   YYYYMMDD
Time: 190905   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 39.9S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 60.4W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 291   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 189   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: BAY, ESTUARY, OCEAN, RIVER, SUNGLINT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE, PORT  
City Views: BAHIA BLANCA  
Photo is not associated with any sequences


NASA Human
Space Flight
NASA
Home Page
JSC
Home Page
NASA
Image eXchange
JSC Digital
Image Collection
Earth Sciences &
Image Analysis