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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS047-76-54 Date: Sep. 1992
Geographic Region: USA-NEW MEXICO

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  STS047-076-054 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, U.S.A. September 1992
The focal point of this near-vertical photograph is White Sands National Monument located in the large Tularosa Valley of south-central New Mexico. This valley has a true desert climate because fewer than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of precipitation fall per year. The whitish area in the center of the photograph is the world's largest gypsum dune field, covering nearly 300 square miles (800 square kilometers). At the southwest corner of the White Sands National Monument is Lake Lucero, a playa (dry lake), which is the lowest point in the Tularosa Valley. Following summer rains, Lake Lucero holds some water, but it is dry most of the year. Superimposed over some of the surface gypsum is a variety of desert vegetation that has become acclimated to this harsh environment. The San Andres Mountains and the Sacramento Mountains flank the basin west and east, respectively. The very dark area in the northeast corner is part of an ebony-colored lava flow called "malpais." Intersecting airport runways and a fairly long, rock test sled track (parallel lines oriented north-south) are part of Holloman Air Force Base, which is located east of the White Sands area. The city of Alamogordo is approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of the Holloman complex.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 127k
Mission: STS047  
Roll - Frame: 76 - 54
Geographical Name: USA-NEW MEXICO  
Center Lat x Lon: 33.0N x 106W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 24   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 18  
Date: 19920913   YYYYMMDD
Time: 160925   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 34.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 106.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 117   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 167   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 40   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: PLAYA  
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