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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS044-E-868 Date: Jun. 2015
Geographic Region: AUSTRALIA-WA

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  Salt Ponds, coastal flats, Western Australia

Coastlines are usually the best indicators for astronauts in telling them quickly which part of the world they are looking at from the windows of the International Space Station. Here coastal lagoons with numerous rounded islands are typical of the Indian Ocean coastline of Western Australia. These shapes contrast with the angular, white ponds of the salt extraction industry. Muddy red-brown inland water (image right and lower left) from recent rains is prevented by low causeways from mixing with darker (clearer) water nearer the coast.

This coast of Australia is noted for its tropical climate and remoteness. It once had a pearling industry, and has experienced more direct hits by cyclones than any other place on this long stretch of Western Australia's coastline. The repeated hits almost resulted in the decision to permanently evacuate the small town of Onslow (just outside the image). The Monte Bello islands offshore (outside the image to the north) are guarded as defunct sites of atomic bomb tests.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 102k
Mission: ISS044  
Roll - Frame: E - 868
Geographical Name: AUSTRALIA-WA  
Center Lat x Lon: 21.7S x 115.1E
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: 16   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 20150611   YYYYMMDD
Time: 051935   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 22.2S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 116.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 340   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 218   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 42   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: OCEAN  
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