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(NASA Crew Earth Observations)


















"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")






Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

Metadata: FEAT Field

The features field is where catalogers put geographical or topical words that describe the contents of an image. Features found in the photograph other than geographic place names might include “smoke,” “fire,” “ dust,” “clouds,” etc.

Searching Tips for this Field

Since these values vary in type and order, it is suggested that you use CONTAINING as the operator for SQL searches. When using the technical search form, this is done automatically for you. This will allow you to search for substrings and this operator does a case insensitive search. In searching for contents in this field, we recommend you use the most specific terms possible, and avoid generic terms such as RIVER or R., that may be abbreviated and will occur in thousands of entries.

Understanding Values in this Field

List of abbreviations used in the features field. Please note that when space permits, we use periods (.) at the end of each abbreviation and commas to separate terms. However, if space is limited we sacrifice the (.) in order to include the maximum amount of imformation in the field.

Feature Abbreviation
AGRICULTURE AGR.
ARCHIPELAGO ARCH.
ARROYO AR.
ATOLL AT.
BASIN BN.
BAY B.
BIGHT BGT.
CANAL CAN.
CANYON CAN.
CAPE C.
CHANNEL CHAN.
CITY CY.
CLOUDS CL.
CREEK CR.
DAM D.
DEFORESTATION DEFOR.
DEPRESSION DEP.
DESERT DES.
DRAINAGE DRAIN.
EAST E.
ESCARPMENT ESCARP.
ESTUARY EST.
FJORD FJ.
FOREST FOR.
GLACIER GL.
GULF G.
HURRICANE HURRIC.
INDUSTRY INDS.
INT'L SPACE STATION ISS
ISLAND(S) I.
ISTHMUS ISTH.
LAGOONS LAG.
LAKE(S) L.
MASSIF M.
MOUNTAIN/MOUNT MT.
Feature Abbreviation
MOUNTAINS MTS.
NORTH N.
NORTHEAST N.E./NE.
NORTHWEST N.W./NW.
OCEAN O.
PANORAMA PAN./PAN-*
PARK PRK
PARTIAL FRAME PART. FRM.
PASSAGE PASS.
PEAK PK.
PENINSULA PEN.
PLANE PLN.
PLATEAU PLAT.
PLAYA(S) P.
POINT PT.
PORT PO.
PROVINCE PROV.
RANGE RA.
REFLECTION(S) REFL
RESERVOIR(S) RES.
RIVER(S) R.
SALAR S.
SEA S.
SEDIMENT SED.
SMOKE SMK.
SOUTH S.
SOUTHEAST S.E./SE.
SOUTHWEST S.W./SW.
SPACE SHUTTLE SHUT.
STRAIT STR.
SUNGLINT SNGLNT.
THUNDERSTORM(S) T/S
VALLEY V.
VOLCANO VOL.
WEST W.

*The term “PAN” has a very specific meaning used in our database. PAN is used to indicate that the view was panoramic. This generally means that the horizon was also visible in the image. The TILT field for these frames is set to be HIGH OBLIQUE (HO).