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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS044-82-57 Date: Nov. 1991
Geographic Region: SEYCHELLES
Feature: ALDABRA ISLANDS

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  STS044-082-057 Aldabra Islands, Indian Ocean November 1991
The islands of Aldabra and Assumption, part of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean northwest of Madagascar, appear in this near-vertical photograph. Larger Aldabra, an oval atoll more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) long, encloses a large lagoon. The islands cover 60 square miles (155 square kilometers) and are known for their distinct fauna, particularly the giant land tortoise.

The Aldabra Islands, two coral atolls of the Seychelle Archipelago (9.5S, 46.5E) in the Indian Ocean, because of their remotness, have a rare ecosystem almost completely untouched by outside influences. About 10 % of the plant and animal life is unique to the atolls and therefore, development of the area has been barred. Assumption, the smaller atoll has a small aircraft runway to support occasional environmental or scientific survey teams.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 108k
Mission: STS044  
Roll - Frame: 82 - 57
Geographical Name: SEYCHELLES  
Features: ALDABRA ISLANDS  
Center Lat x Lon: 9.5S x 46.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: 17   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 68  
 
Date: 19911129   YYYYMMDD
Time: 054523   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 10.4S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 46.9E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 142   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 196   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 59   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: LAGOON, OCEAN, REEF  
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