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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS056-101-64 Date: Apr. 1993
Geographic Region: NEW ZEALAND-SI

STS056-101-064 Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand April 1993
This spectacular, north-northeast-looking, low-oblique photograph shows the high country of the Southern Alps and two glacier-fed lakes, Pukaki and Tekapo. Visible near the northwest corner of the photograph is Mount Cook, the highest peak in the Southern Alps at 12 349 feet (3766 meters). East of Mount Cook is the largest glacier in New Zealand, the Tasman Glacier, 18 miles (29 kilometers) long and more than 1 mile (2 kilometers) wide. The Southern Alps, paralleling the west coast of South Island, are extensively glaciated with many deep gorges. Of the 3155 active glaciers in the Southern Alps, most are within 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mount Cook. From Tasman Glacier, the braided Tasman River can be seen flowing southward into beautiful Lake Pukaki. The lake is more than 9 miles (15 kilometers) long and covers 32 square miles (83 square kilometers). Its brilliant turquoise color results from finely ground "rock flour" being suspended in the water. East of the Tasman River, the braided Godley River flows into Lake Tekapo, a beautiful lake occupying a vast hollow in downs and terraces of golden tussock grass. Though a hydroelectric control structure now contains the waters of the lake at its southern end, Lake Tekapo owes its origin to the natural dam of an old moraine. East of Lake Tekapo, the agricultural lands of the fertile Canterbury Plain spread toward the coast.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 182k
Mission: STS056  
Roll - Frame: 101 - 64
Geographical Name: NEW ZEALAND-SI  
Center Lat x Lon: 44S x 170.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera:: HB
Camera Tilt: 32   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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: 61  
Date: 19930412   YYYYMMDD
Time: 004912   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 45.7S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 170.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 357   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 168   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 36   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER, LAKE  
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Man Made Views:  
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