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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS066-157-145 Date: Nov. 1994
Geographic Region: UZBEKISTAN
Feature: SW ARAL SEA, SEDIMENT

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  STS066-157-145 Amu-Darya Delta, Uzbekistan November 1994
The Amu-Darya rises in the Pamir Mountains of central Asia and flows 1600 miles (2575 km) before entering the southern Aral Sea through a large delta. The river provides water for irrigation, especially to desert lands to the south of the Aral Sea. These waters from the Amu-Darya flowing into the Aral Sea have been greatly reduced in the last 45 years because of this intensive irrigation. This has caused water levels in the sea to decline thus exposing the delta area as now seen in this image. In the upper right quadrant, the southern portion of Renaissance Island (Vorzrozhdeniya Island) is visible. This island, located in the central Aral Sea, continues to expand as water levels in the sea continue to decline. Renaissance Island was formerly used as the site of the former USSR Governmentís Microbiological Warfare Group. It was here that the deadly Antrax Virus was developed and stored. As the Aral Sea continues to dry and water levels recede, the ever-expanding island will connect to the surrounding land. Scientists fear that reptiles, including snakes, that have been exposed to the various viruses, will move on to the surrounding land and possibly infect the humans living around the shores of the Aral Sea.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 268k
Mission: STS066  
Roll - Frame: 157 - 145
Geographical Name: UZBEKISTAN  
Features: SW ARAL SEA, SEDIMENT  
Center Lat x Lon: 44.0N x 59.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
 
Camera: LH
 
Camera Tilt: 12   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   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: 74  
 
Date: 19941108   YYYYMMDD
Time: 071709   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 59.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 172   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 161   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 29   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND, DESERT  
Water Views: LAKE, DELTA, RIVER  
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