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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS049-E-49442 Date: Oct. 2016
Geographic Region: ATMOSPHERIC LIMB

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  Fiery South Atlantic Sunset

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) photographed this sunset that looks like a vast sheet of flame. With the Earth's surface already in darkness, setting sun and cloud masses, and the sideways viewing angle make a powerful image, of the kind that astronauts like to take to commemorate their flights. Thin layers of lighter and darker blues reveal the many layers of the atmosphere above the lowest layer - the brown layer with its clouds and dust and smoke (known to scientists as the troposphere, the layer of weather as we experience it). It is the smoke and particles of dust in the atmosphere that give the strong red color to sunsets. Unlike most of us, astronauts see the atmosphere side-on, every 90 minutes, as in this view, with sixteen sunrises and sixteen sunsets every day. Astronauts often comment on how thin and fragile the Earth's atmosphere seems.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 40k
Mission: ISS049  
Roll - Frame: E - 49442
Geographical Name: ATMOSPHERIC LIMB  
Center Lat x Lon: N x E
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: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 240  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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: 20161027   YYYYMMDD
Time: 222954   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 49.1S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 13.1W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 213   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 222   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: -22   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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Atmosphere Views: DUST, SMOKE  
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