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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS055-85-3 Date: Apr. 1993
Geographic Region: SUDAN

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  STS055-085-003 Sudd Swamp and White Nile River, Southern Sudan May 1993
The color infrared properties of the film vividly portray much of the subtle detail of the northernmost area of the Sudd Swamp, the extensive floodplain that reaches for 340 miles (540 kilometers) from the Uganda border to the city of Malakal in southern Sudan. The Sudd is composed of multiple channels, lakes, and swampland, with a maze of thick, emergent aquatic vegetation. The photograph shows the confluence of the Bahr el Jebel (White Nile River) and one of its main tributaries, the Bahr al Ghazal, which joins the White Nile 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Malakal. The main channel of the White Nile, identified by the reddish swath (green vegetation) along both banks, runs generally north-south. The Bahr al Ghazal, with its multibraided channels, flows northeastward to merge with the main channel of the White Nile near Lake No. Darker (almost black) areas are pockets of open water or lakes. The sizable whitish area along the southeast margin of the photograph is believed to be grassland that has been overgrazed by cattle. This photograph was taken during the driest time of year--summer rains generally extend from July through September. (Refer to STS-51G-046-0001 for another view of the Sudd Swamp in southern Sudan.)
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 154k
Mission: STS055  
Roll - Frame: 85 - 3
Geographical Name: SUDAN  
Center Lat x Lon: 8.0N x 30.5E
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: 23   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?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 46  
Date: 19930429   YYYYMMDD
Time: 105810   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 8.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 29.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 294   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 161   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 74   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN, HILL  
Water Views: RIVER, SWAMP, LAKE  
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