STS61C-31-51
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
4096 x 4096 pixels 640 x 640 pixels 5700 x 5900 pixels 500 x 518 pixels 640 x 480 pixels 607 x 626 pixels
Cloud masks available for this image:

Spacecraft nadir point: 11.8° N, 85.7° W

Photo center point: 12.5° N, 86.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 176 nautical miles (326km)
Click for Google map
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Links
4096 pixels 4096 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download Image
640 pixels 640 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download Image
5700 pixels 5900 pixels No No Download Image
500 pixels 518 pixels No No Download Image
640 pixels 480 pixels No No Download Image
607 pixels 626 pixels No No Download Image
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption: STS61C-31-0051 Lake Managua, Nicaragua January 1986
The second largest freshwater lake in Central America, Lake Managua can be seen in this west-southwest-looking view. Located in a rift valley, Lake Managua is 34 miles (56 km) long and 15 miles (24 km) wide. Lake Nicaragua is drained by the San Juan River, which flows east-southeast through a rift valley and empties into the Caribbean Sea. Also visible in this view are a number of volcanoes and volcano craters. This line of young volcanoes lie about 47 miles (75 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean (upper left) and are just to the west of a large coastal fracture or structural rift. The soils around the volcanoes are very fertile, and numerous agricultural field patterns are discernible scattered throughout the image. Just to the left of the bottom center of the image is the capital city of Managua, the industrial and commercial center of the country. The climate of the city is normally very hot and sultry. The city has been prone to many destructive earthquakes during its history, the last one occurring December 23, 1972 when Managua was almost completely destroyed and more than 10000 lives were lost.