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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS091-715-5 Date: Jun. 1998
Geographic Region: KYRGYZSTAN
Feature: LAKE ISSYKKUL

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  STS091-715-005 Issyk-Kul, Kyrgystan June 1998
Located in northeast Kyrgyzstan, Issyk-Kul is one of the deepest mountain lakes in the world with a maximum depth of 2303 feet (702 meters). Named for the “warm water” that the lake contains, this slightly brackish lake never freezes. Issyk-Kul could be called “Mile High Lake” since the surface of the lake is 5280 feet (1609 meters) above sea level. The lake is 115 miles (185 km) in length and 38 miles (61 km) at its widest point. The basin that the lake sits in is the result of a block of the earth’s crust that subsided between two faults, known as a graben. Eroded debris (lighter-colored landscape) from the elevated mountain slopes is more recognizable around the western end of the lake and the darker terrain around the eastern end of the lake shows cultivated field patterns (mainly wheat fields). The north and south shorelines around the lake were once part of the Great Silk Road that connected China with the Middle East and parts of Russia. Although the region is semi-arid, snowmelt (runoff) from the surrounding mountains (seen here as snow capped mountains) provides sufficient fresh water to allow dry land farming on the flatter plains within the valleys. Mountain ranges north (Kiungey-Ala-Too) and south (Terskey-Ala-Too) of the lake with peaks that range between 13000 feet (3962 meters) to 18000 feet (5486 meters) are part of the regional Tien Shan (mountains).
 
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Mission: STS091  
Roll - Frame: 715 - 5
Geographical Name: KYRGYZSTAN  
Features: LAKE ISSYKKUL  
Center Lat x Lon: 42.5N x 77.5E
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: 54   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: 134  
 
Date: 19980611   YYYYMMDD
Time: 094733   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 41.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 73.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 254   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 196   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 52   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, VALLEY  
Water Views: LAKE  
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