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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS039-96-65 Date: May 1991
Geographic Region: USA-NEW MEXICO
Feature: WHITE SANDS AREA

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  STS039-096-065 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, U.S.A. May 1991
The highly reflective white sand of south-central New Mexico is easily recognized from spacecraft. White Sands National Monument, established by the U.S. National Park Service, is recognized as the world’s largest gypsum sand field with approximately 300 square miles (777 square kilometers). The southwest corner of White Sands National Monument, the lowest spot in the Tularosa Valley, changes from a dry lakebed into Lake Lucero when summer rain falls. This photograph shows no evidence of standing water in Lake Lucero. The sparse, scrub vegetation of the surrounding desert landscape contrasts with the dark, forested Sacramento Mountains, which form part of the eastern edge of the Tularosa Valley. Holloman Air Force Base (center of the photograph) and Alamogordo, northeast of Holloman, are barely discernible.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 290k
Mission: STS039  
Roll - Frame: 96 - 65
Geographical Name: USA-NEW MEXICO  
Features: WHITE SANDS AREA  
Center Lat x Lon: 32.8N x 106W
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: 31   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 72  
 
Date: 19910502   YYYYMMDD
Time: 203214   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 33.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 104.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 199   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 138   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 59   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT, DUNE, VALLEY  
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