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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS026-33-80 Date: Sep. 1988
Geographic Region: ETHIOPIA
Feature: ERTA ALE

STS026-033-080 Erta Alle Volcano, Ethiopia September 1988
Erta Alle, a shield volcano located within the Rift Valley of northern Ethiopia, is visible in this near-vertical photograph taken north of turquoise Afrera Ye Ch'ew Lake. The volcano, called "the smoking mountain" by the local tribesmen, has an active lava lake (barely discernible in the photograph) approximately 150 feet (46 meters) wide, which has been in a constant state of eruption since the late 1960s. Erta Alle is one of the world's few volcanoes in which permanent lava lakes reside; Kilauea Volcano on the big island of Hawaii is another. Erta Alle is located in the Afar Depression, where the Eastern Rift lies between the Red Sea to the north and east (not included in the photograph) and the Ethiopian Highlands to the west (not included in the photograph). The volcano is in a forbidding region of the Earth--hot, dry, below sea level, and mostly uninhabited. Other dark lava flows are visible from a number of smaller volcanoes south and southwest of the lake.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 118k
Mission: STS026  
Roll - Frame: 33 - 80
Geographical Name: ETHIOPIA  
Features: ERTA ALE  
Center Lat x Lon: 13.5N x 40.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 20
Camera:: HB
Camera Tilt: 14   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 14  
Date: 19880930   YYYYMMDD
Time: 113514   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 12.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 40.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 249   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 164   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 50   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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