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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS111-376-3 Date: Jun. 2002
Geographic Region: USA-CALIFORNIA
Feature: SAN JOSE AREA, SALT PONDS

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  The red and green colors of the salt ponds in South San Francisco Bay are brilliant visual markers for astronauts. The STS-111 crew photographed the bay south of the San Mateo bridge in June, 2002. This photograph is timely because a large number of the salt ponds (more than 16,500 acres) that are owned by Cargill, Inc. will be sold in September for wetlands restoration—a restoration project second in size only to the Florida Everglades project. Rough boundaries of the areas to be restored are outlined on the image.

Over the past century, more than 80% of San Francisco Bay’s wetlands have been filled and developed or diked off for salt mining. San Francisco Bay has supported salt mining since 1854. Cargill has operated most of the bay’s commercial salt ponds since 1978, and had already sold thousands of acres to the State of California and the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. This new transaction will increase San Francisco Bay’s existing tidal wetlands by 50%. The new wetlands, to be managed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will join the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, and provide valuable habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife. The wetlands will contribute to better water quality and flood control in the bay, and open up more coastline for public enjoyment.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 73k
Mission: STS111  
Roll - Frame: 376 - 3
Geographical Name: USA-CALIFORNIA  
Features: SAN JOSE AREA, SALT PONDS  
Center Lat x Lon: 37.5N x 122W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: NK
 
Camera Tilt: 45   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length:  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 188  
 
Date: 20020617   YYYYMMDD
Time: 195341   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 36.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 119.1W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 176   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 187   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 77   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views: BAY  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: BRIDGE, MINING  
City Views: SAN JOSE  
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