Return to Earth From Space Home
Earth from Space logo Image Information Earth from Space logo

Display a Screen Layout for Printing

IMAGE: gray corner       IMAGE: gray corner
  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS039-E-11773 Date: Apr. 2014

Ordering information for space photography
IMAGE: gray corner     IMAGE: gray corner

Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner
  View Low-Resolution Image  
  Sea of Okhotsk ice, Northern Japan

Patterns of sea ice in a spring panorama of the Sea of Okhotsk are featured in this image from the International Space Station. The image reveals dynamics of ocean currents that are otherwise difficult to visualize. Here we see nearly 1000 km of the East Sakhalin Current carrying winter ice south toward Japan's Hokkaido Island. The current is indicated by the narrow corridor of dense ice that hugs the coast of Sakhalin Island--slightly obscured under haze at image top left. Reaching the barrier of Hokkaido, the ice patterns show a series of eddies and swirls (image center). The current then turns and transports ice along the Kuril Island chain. Some ice spills through gaps where it is swept southwest by the Kuril Current (image lower right).

The East Sakhalin Current dies back in summer when the Soya Current (arrow far left) begins to enter the Sea of Okhotsk. This inrush of summer water starts in April (when this image was taken) and probably appears in the image as the ice pattern bulging to the east (between the small arrows).

Volcanic cones can be seen along the Kuril Islands (image bottom right), a continuation of the volcanic line of Hokkaido. Atmospheric haze (top left and upper margin) is likely industrial smog from China and Japan, made more visible at the top of the image by the oblique viewing angle.
Image: gray corner     Image: gray corner

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 215k
Mission: ISS039  
Roll - Frame: E - 11773
Geographical Name: RUSSIAN FEDERATION  
Center Lat x Lon: 45.0N x 146.5E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 80  
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:  
Date: 20140414   YYYYMMDD
Time: 064530   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 41.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 156.7E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 269   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 220   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 15   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST, ISLAND  
Water Views: ICE, OCEAN, SEA, SEA ICE  
Atmosphere Views: HAZE, SMOG  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
Photo is not associated with any sequences

Home Page
Home Page
JSC Digital
Image Collection
Earth Science &
Remote Sensing

NASA meatball logo
This service is provided by the International Space Station program and the JSC Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit, ARES Division, Exploration Integration Science Directorate.
ESRS logo