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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS068-163-136 Date: Oct. 1994
Geographic Region: CHINA

STS068-163-136 Western Xinjiang Province, China October 1994
The snowcapped northwest Kunlun Mountains and Tien Mountains almost pinch together at the western end of the arid Tarim Basin in extreme western China as pictured in this low-oblique, southwest-looking photograph. The large alluvial fans along the northeast slopes of these mountains are the result of years of material deposition from glacial scouring and snowmelt. Many individual glaciers and glacial features are visible in this photograph. Because of the extensive browns and tans within the arid western Tarim Basin, surface water is assumed to be available for irrigation farming. No perennial rivers flow through this desert; only intermittent streams and rivers that originate in the surrounding mountains flow into the basin. Proof that the tributaries diminish and the water quality deteriorates as these streams flow from their source is provided as the browns become lighter with increased distance from water sources. Although not discernible at this scale, the city of Kashi is slightly west of center within the cultivated brown field patterns. A small dust storm appears to be blowing from west to east near the base of the alluvial fans at the foot of the Kunlun Mountains.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 128k
Mission: STS068  
Roll - Frame: 163 - 136
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Center Lat x Lon: 39.0N x 76.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera:: LH
Camera Tilt: 55   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   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: 111  
Date: 19941007   YYYYMMDD
Time: 063241   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 40.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 78.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 179   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 115   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 45   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER, DELTA  
Atmosphere Views: DUST  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  

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