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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS024-E-15121 Date: Sep. 2010
Geographic Region: USA-UTAH

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  Twitchell Canyon Fire, Central Utah

The Twitchell Canyon Fire, near central Utah's Fishlake National Forest, was reported to cover approximately 13,383 hectares (134 square kilometers, or 33,071 acres) as of September 21, 2010. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of the smoke plumes generated by fires close to the southwestern edge of the burned area. The fire was started by a lightning strike on July 20, 2010.

The photograph is highly oblique; that is, it was taken at an angle rather than looking straight down towards the Earth's surface (a nadir view). The ISS was located over a point approximately 509 kilometers (316 miles) to the northeast, near the Colorado/Wyoming border, at the time. Southwesterly winds stretched smoke plumes to the northeast.

While the Twitchell Canyon region is sparsely populated, Interstate Highway 15 is visible at the upper right. A MODIS image acquired a day earlier than the astronaut photograph provides a regional view of the fire.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 224k
Mission: ISS024  
Roll - Frame: E - 15121
Geographical Name: USA-UTAH  
Center Lat x Lon: 38.4N x 112.5W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N4
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1000  
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: 3853  
Date: 20100920   YYYYMMDD
Time: 230148   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 40.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 106.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 250   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 190   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 23   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: FOREST  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE  
Man Made Views: HIGHWAY  
City Views:  
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