STS105-E-5416

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Spacecraft nadir point: 43.7° N, 122.3° W

Photo center point: 39.5° N, 122.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 200 nautical miles (370km)
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Image Caption: After undocking with Space Station Alpha, on August 20, 2001, astronauts on the Space Shuttle photographed wildfires burning in the western U.S. using a digital camera. Zooming in with a longer lens length, astronauts recorded details of individual fires. The digital images were then downlinked to the ground.

The Trough Fire, burning in Mendocino National Forest was 76 percent contained and had burned 16,751 acres at the time the photo was taken. Information on fire status and locations was obtained from the National Fire Interagency Center and U.S. Forest Service Detailed Fire Intelligence (http://www.fire.r5.fs.fed.us/scsc/sitreport-archive/082001-sitreport.html).

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