STS053-97-50

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Spacecraft nadir point: 55.1° N, 138.5° E

Photo center point: 55.0° N, 138.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 183 nautical miles (339km)
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Image Caption: The breakup of winter ice packs around Shantar Island (55.0N, 138.0E) off the coast of Khabarovsk Kray Oblast, CIS, produced this mosaic of icebergs, bergy bits and growlers in the Sea of Okhotsk as the as an unusual warming spell in mid winter temporarly melted parts of the sea ice. Oceanographers use these photos to study the interaction of coastal and ocean currents, tides and winds on the movement of ice floes at sea.