[Skip to content]
STS049-71-40
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
640 x 480 pixels

MAP LOCATION
latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 8.0° N, 119.0° E

Photo center point:

Nadir to Photo Center:

Spacecraft Altitude: 152 nautical miles (282km)
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:
STS049-71-040 - Internal Waves, Southwestern Pacific Ocean [Which
way is UP?]

A spectacular packet of internal waves was photographed off the
northeastern coast of Borneo on May 8, 1992, the first day of the
STS-49 flight. These waves form at the boundaries between water
layers of different salinity or temperature. Their surface ex-
pression is very subtle, but it can readily be seen in the sun-
glint. Several small eddies can also be seen in the sunglint
pattern. Hasselblad camera, 250-mm lens, color film (Ektachrome
Professional 5017).




This unusual packet of internal waves was observed in Indonesia off the coast of Borneo (8.0N, 119.0E) early in the mission. These internal waves are thought to form at the boundries between water layers of different salinity or tempeature. The surface expression of these waves is very subtle but it can be seen quite readily from space in sunglint conditions. Several small eddies can also be seen in the sunglint pattern.