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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS044-E-18893 Date: Jul. 2015
Geographic Region: BAHAMAS

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  Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this detailed image of small island cays in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, with the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. The string of cays--14.24 km, 8.9 mi) shown in the image--extends west from Great Exuma Island (outside the image right). Great Exuma is known for being remote from the bigger islands of The Bahamas, with privately owned cays as celebrity get-aways, and real pirates such as Captain Kidd in its history.

Small tidal changes on the banks cause great quantities of water to flow daily through the narrow channels between the cays, first in one direction and then the other. The darker blue sections are the deepest parts of the channels where the water flow has cut through the rock ridge that makes the line of cays. The surrounding water is so shallow (less than 25 m, 80 feet) it appears as a light blue. For astronauts this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet.

The image is so detailed that a single aircraft can be seen in the high resolution image trailing twin condensation trails (arrow).
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 92k
Mission: ISS044  
Roll - Frame: E - 18893
Geographical Name: BAHAMAS  
Center Lat x Lon: 23.5N x 75.9W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 07   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   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: 20150719   YYYYMMDD
Time: 144130   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 23.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 75.8W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 88   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 216   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
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