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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS040-E-80921 Date: Jul. 2014

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  Panorama of Hispaniola and the Caribbean

Looking east into a rising sun, the crew onboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this panoramic photo of the island of Hispaniola, with sunglint illuminating the long western peninsula of Haiti. Several thunderheads throw shadows towards the camera at image left. The photo looks a little hazy, likely because of dust in the atmosphere. Dust blows across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa, reaching the western hemisphere every month of the year.

The plume from a very large wildfire stretches westward across the image. The Constanza Fire started in a national forest on the Dominican Republic and grew to an extent that it threatened surrounding towns and prompted an International Disaster Charter (IDC) activation. Through the charter, a request for imagery was sent to the ISS crew in the hopes that photos might be able to assist firefighters on the ground. Hurricane Bertha tracked over the island a week later and helped douse the flames.

Despite the austere tone of the image, there are touches of color in the blue waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands--which extending from under a large thundercloud (image left)--and in the edge of an ISS solar panel (top right). The solar panels also make a faint reflection on the ISS window (lower right).

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 107k
Mission: ISS040  
Roll - Frame: E - 80921
Geographical Name: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  
Center Lat x Lon: 19.5N x 71W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 25
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 28  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20140726   YYYYMMDD
Time: 133340   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 19.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 79.6W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 80   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 225   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 36   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: OCEAN, SUNGLINT  
Atmosphere Views: PLUME  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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