[Skip to content]
STS045-152-11
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
640 x 480 pixels

MAP LOCATION
latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 43.5° N, 143.9° E

Photo center point: 44.0° N, 143.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 164 nautical miles (304km)
Click for Google map
IMAGE DETAILS
features and other details
CAMERA INFORMATION
information about camera used
ALL DOWNLOAD OPTIONS
additional formats
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Links
640 pixels 480 pixels No No ISD 1 Download Image
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption:
STS045-152-011: Sea Ice Patterns Along the Coast of Hokkaido,
Japan The northeast coast of Hokkaido and Kunashir Island are
bordered by sea ice in this southwest-looking view, photographed
using the 5-inch format Linhof camera. The sea ice forms a com-
plex pattern of eddies in response to surface water currents and
winds. Photographs such as this aid researchers in describing lo-
cal water current patterns and the effects of wind speed and
direction on the drift of surface material, such as ice or oil.

Kunashir Island lies approximately 16 miles offshore of Hokkaido
and is the southernmost of the Kuril Islands. Historically a
Japanese territory, the island was occupied after World War II by
the U.S.S.R., but an agreement has recently been struck with Rus-
sia to return the island to Japan.

The photograph was taken on the 28th of March (orbit 59) from an
altitude of 158 n. mi. with the Shuttle located at 44! N and
145.5! E.




The northeast coast of Hokkaido and Kunashir Island, Japan (44.0N, 143.0E) are seen bordered by drifting sea ice. The sea ice has formed a complex pattern of eddies in response to surface water currents and winds. Photos of this kind aid researchers in describing local ocean current patterns and the effects of wind speed and direction on the drift of surface material, such as ice floes or oil. Kunashir is the southernmost of the Kuril Islands.