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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS61A-41-79 Date: Nov. 1985
Geographic Region: USA-TEXAS
Feature: OIL FIELDS, AGR., HOBBS

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  STS61A-41-0079 Hobbs, New Mexico, U.S.A, November 1985
Hobbs, visible near the center of this near-vertical photograph, is situated near the southwest border of the U.S. Great Plains region. Described as one of the last great oil-boom towns in the United States, Hobbs is located in southeast New Mexico, less than 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Texas border. During the late l920s when oil and natural gas were discovered, the city became a dynamic urban area and now has a population of approximately 30 000. Two major industries—oil and gas production and farming—are evidenced in the photograph. The largest acreage is occupied by the oil industry with the darker area showing thousands of wellheads and producing oil and natural gas fields. Each tiny white dot is a gas or oil well drilled during the last 80 years. In contrast, the cultivated field patterns east of Hobbs are various shades of brown, with the majority of fields having a circular pattern within a square box. Since the climate in this region is semiarid, cotton and grain fields must be irrigated. Irrigation is accomplished by center-pivot irrigation, a process in which a large mechanical arm rotates around a center pivot, dispensing water along the long arm mechanism.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 188k
Mission: STS61A  
Roll - Frame: 41 - 79
Geographical Name: USA-TEXAS  
Features: OIL FIELDS, AGR., HOBBS  
Center Lat x Lon: 32.5N x 103W
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: 14   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 80  
 
Date: 19851104   YYYYMMDD
Time: 165758   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 31.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 103.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 149   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 177   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 37   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: URBAN AREA, AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  
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