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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS078-736-68 Date: Jun. 1996
Geographic Region: USA-KANSAS

STS078-736-68 Liberal Area, Kansas June, 1996
Numerous central pivot irrigation operations can be seen in this near-vertical view taken over southwestern Kansas and the panhandle of western Oklahoma. The small city of Liberal, Kansas, near the Kansas/Oklahoma border, is just to the right of the center of the image. The runways of the Liberal Municipal Airport, located just to the northwest of the city, are also visible. Liberal is the trade center for this grain and livestock area. Oil and natural gas are also extracted in the region. Liberal and the surrounding agricultural regions are located on the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast underground water supply that stretches across the Great Plains from southern South Dakota to the panhandle of northern Texas. It is the largest underground water supply in the United States. The level of the water table is falling because irrigation systems, such as these visible throughout the image, are depleting the water system faster than natural processes can replenish it. Eventually this situation may well cause an economic hardship throughout this region of the Great Plains within the next decade or so.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 367k
Mission: STS078  
Roll - Frame: 736 - 68
Geographical Name: USA-KANSAS  
Center Lat x Lon: 37.0N x 101W
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: 17   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 99  
Date: 19960626   YYYYMMDD
Time: 174905   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 36.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 100.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 135   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 144   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 72   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views:  
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