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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: NM23-761-677 Date: May 1997
Geographic Region: USA-NEW MEXICO
Feature: WHITE SANDS, EL PASO

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  NM23-761-677 Rio Grande Valley, Texas and New Mexico, USA Winter-Spring 1997
Many major natural features, as well as a few human modified landscapes are observed in this synoptic view that shows extreme west Texas, south central New Mexico, and a very small part of Mexico southwest of Ciudad Juárez. The intensively cultivated (irrigated) floodplain of the Rio Grande can be discerned (darker, linear swath) that crosses the picture from northwest to southeast. The Salt Basin of west Texas (small, highly reflective area near the east edge of the image); the much larger and brighter (also highly reflective) White Sands National Monument (the world’s largest gypsum dunefield) in south central New Mexico; and the highly reflective salt flats in Mexico (southwest quadrant of the picture) confirms that the entire scene is a desert environment. The San Andres Mountains and the larger, darker Sacramento Mountains (densely forested) border White Sands west and east respectively. The location of El Paso (TX) and Las Cruces (NM) plus El Paso’s twin city in Mexico, Ciudad Juárez, can be identified. There is also a small area of irrigated agriculture, mainly center pivot, along the northwest edge of the Salt Basin immediately west of the Guadalupe Mountains (eastern edge of image).
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 312k
Mission: NM23  
Roll - Frame: 761 - 677
Geographical Name: USA-NEW MEXICO  
Features: WHITE SANDS, EL PASO  
Center Lat x Lon: 32.5N x 106.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 999  
 
Date: 19970503   YYYYMMDD
Time: 153018   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 34.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 111.5W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 94   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 207   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, DUNE, DESERT  
Water Views: RIVER, PLAYA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
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