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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS059-227-42 Date: Apr. 1994
Geographic Region: CAYMAN ISLANDS

STS059-227-042 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands April 1994
The island of Grand Cayman, a British dependency that covers 76 square miles (197 square kilometers) in the northwest Caribbean Sea, is visible in this near-vertical photograph. Geologically similar to The Bahamas, Grand Cayman is a low-lying, limestone island located on top of a submarine ridge. The city of George Town, the capital and chief port of the Cayman Islands, can be seen at the southwest end of the island. Grand Cayman was discovered in 1503 by Christopher Columbus but was never occupied by Spain. The island was settled in 1734 by English colonists from the island of Jamaica, approximately 200 miles (320 kilometers) to the southeast. The word "Cayman" is derived from the Carib Indian word for alligator, apparently because early British visitors saw large lizards (probably iguanas), which they mistook for alligators. Grand Cayman's 7-mile beach can be seen on the western side of the island. With exotic coral reefs off its shores, Grand Cayman is a mecca for divers. Today, tourism is the major industry of the island.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 66k
Mission: STS059  
Roll - Frame: 227 - 42
Geographical Name: CAYMAN ISLANDS  
Center Lat x Lon: 19.0N x 81W
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: 36   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   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: 103  
Date: 19940415   YYYYMMDD
Time: 183800   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 18.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 82.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 245   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 115   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 71   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: LAGOON, SEA, REEF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AIRPORT  
City Views:  

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