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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS064-E-37124 Date: Feb. 2021
Geographic Region: THAILAND

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An astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photo while orbiting over Thailand and Malaysia. This region of the world is not often photographed from space due to persistent clouds. While still cloudy, this view offers a rare peek at both coasts of the Malay Peninsula.

This photo was taken near the end of Malaysia's northeast monsoon season (November to March). The oblique and panoramic view shows thin clouds and possibly small smoke plumes being blown from the northeast—typical of wind patterns for this time of year. Malaysia experiences a second monsoon season from May to September each year.

The Isthmus of Kra, at 70 kilometers (45 miles) wide, is the narrowest part of the peninsula that separates the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Looking toward Earth's limb, mainland Thailand is hardly distinguishable through the atmospheric haze, due in part to Southeast Asia's burning season. On the day this photo was taken, hundreds of fires were detected in the region by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 399k
Mission: ISS064  
Roll - Frame: E - 37124
Geographical Name: THAILAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 6.5N x 101.5E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
Camera: N8
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   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
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Date: 20210223   YYYYMMDD
Time: 072556   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 0.3S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 101.3E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 251   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 228   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 59   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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