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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS068-239-83 Date: Oct. 1994
Geographic Region: CHINA
Feature: HSIN-CH'ENG, AGR, HUANG R.

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  STS068-239-083 Huang He (Yellow River) Agriculture, China October 1994
Modern technology and more efficient irrigation techniques have increased the agricultural productivity in many parts of arid northwest China. This detailed photograph of the cultivated field patterns that surround the towns of Yinchuan and Xincheng (center of the photograph) illustrates the effectiveness of the Chinese in transforming steppe-deserts into productive farmlands. The main crops of this region are spring wheat, sorghum, corn, and sugar beets. The tan, uncultivated, sandy area south of the towns is a reminder of the desert-like conditions that exist just beyond the irrigated floodplain of the Huang He (Yellow River). The eastern bank of the muddy north-flowing Huang He has very few cultivated fields and is characterized by an arid drainage pattern; however, the western bank displays cultivated field patterns. Several manmade features are visible in this photograph—two airport runways (one built in a north-south alignment along the eastern slope of the Helan Mountains); a north-south-oriented railroad right-of-way; and numerous roads, canals, and irrigation ditches that crisscross the floodplain. (Photograph STS-068-162-120 provides a synoptic view of this area and a more expansive view of the northern Huang He.)
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 150k
Mission: STS068  
Roll - Frame: 239 - 83
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Features: HSIN-CH'ENG, AGR, HUANG R.  
Center Lat x Lon: 38.5N x 106.0E
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: 36   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: 30  
 
Date: 19941002   YYYYMMDD
Time: 064157   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 38.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 107.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 221   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 118   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 40   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN, MOUNTAIN, VALLEY, DESERT, HILL  
Water Views: RIVER, SEDIMENT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: URBAN AREA, AIRPORT, AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  
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