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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS064-73-97 Date: Sep. 1994
Geographic Region: COOK ISLANDS
Feature: RAROTONGA I., MTS., CORAL

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  STS064-073-097 Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands September 1994
The youngest island within the Cook Islands southern group, the volcanic island of Rarotonga can be seen in this northwest-looking view. The capital and largest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga’s central massif is the eroded remains of a volcanic pyramid whose eroded crags now form sawtooth peaks and razorback ridges covered with tropical jungle. Rarotonga Island stands 14750 feet (4500 meters) above the ocean floor. The island is 20 miles (32 km) in circumference. At a depth of 13000 feet (4000 meters), the volcano is nearly 31 miles (50 km) in diameter. The highest peak on the island above sea level is 2140 feet (658 meters). The island is surrounded by a lagoon, which extends several hundred yards (meters) to the reef, which then slopes steeply to deep water. Agricultural terraces, flats, and swamps surround the central mountain area. Based on evidence collected, archaeologists have estimated that there was human life on Rarotonga Island about 5000 years ago.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 389k
Mission: STS064  
Roll - Frame: 73 - 97
Geographical Name: COOK ISLANDS  
Features: RAROTONGA I., MTS., CORAL  
Center Lat x Lon: 21S x 160W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: 30   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
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: 18  
 
Date: 19940911   YYYYMMDD
Time: 010716   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 20.6S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 161.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 301   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 140   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 46   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND, VOLCANO  
Water Views: LAGOON, REEF  
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