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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS51I-44-52 Date: Sep. 1985
Geographic Region: GULF OF MEXICO
Feature: HURRICANE ELENA

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  STS51I-44-0052 Hurricane Elena, Gulf of Mexico September 1985
Hurricane Elena, with wind speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour (177 kilometers per hour), was photographed in the Gulf of Mexico on September 1, 1985. Almost the entire storm can be seen in this high-oblique photograph. For instance, a number of thunderstorms with their overshooting tops, the spiral bands of numerous thunderstorms leading to the eye of the hurricane, and numerous cloud gravity waves within the spiral bands can be seen. Some portions of the eye wall, where the most destructive winds of the storm occur, are also visible. This storm eventually made landfall near Gulfport, Mississippi.

Hurricane Elana in the Gulf of Mexico, exact location unknown. The presence of a tight, well formed, gyre and elevated cloud berm bordering the eye, are indicators of a very powerful and dangerous hurricane with very high internal cyclonic wind speeds.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 71k
Mission: STS51I  
Roll - Frame: 44 - 52
Geographical Name: GULF OF MEXICO  
Features: HURRICANE ELENA  
Center Lat x Lon: N x E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 90
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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: 80  
 
Date: 19850901   YYYYMMDD
Time: 115751   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 21.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 80.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 85   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 234   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 11   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views: GULF  
Atmosphere Views: HURRICANE, THUNDERSTORM  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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