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STS049-99-61
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Spacecraft nadir point: 24.7° N, 76.4° W

Photo center point: 24.0° N, 77.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 191 nautical miles (354km)
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STS049-99-061 - Bahama Banks [Are you sure you want north at the
top? Do you think that was the direction in which the photo was
taken?]

Astronauts have a variety of lenses at their disposal. This pho-
tograph of the Bahama Banks was taken using a 50-mm (wide-angle)
lens to show much of the region within one frame. Cuba can be
seen at the bottom of the frame, most of the western banks, in-
cluding Andros Island, along the left side, and the Tongue of the
Ocean in the center. The green water over the banks is less that
30 feet deep; the deep blue Tongue is 4000 to 6000 feet deep.
All [Really? IsnUt there some soil there, dropped as dust or
weathered from some other kind of rock?] the sediment on the
banks, including the material that forms the islands, is calcium
carbonate (RlimeS) precipitated from sea water by animals and
plants. Hasselblad camera, color film.




Most of the Western Bahama Banks, the Tongue of the Ocean and Andros Island (24.0N, 77.0W) as well as north central Cuba with its fringing reefs can be seen in this one view. The green water over the banks is less than 30 ft. deep but the deep blue of the Tongue is 4000 to 6000 ft. deep. All the sediment on the banks, including the material that forms the islands, is calcium carbonate (lime) precipitated from sea water by animals and plants.