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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS049-94-23 Date: May 1992
Geographic Region: REUNION

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  STS049-094-023 Réunion Island May 1992
Oval-shaped Réunion Island, one of the Mascarene Islands, is shown in this low-oblique, southeast-looking photograph. The island is 39 miles (63 kilometers) long, is 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide, and covers 970 square miles (2150 square kilometers). The island is similar to the big island of Hawaii because both are located above hot spots in the Earth's crust. Piton de la Fournaise, a shield volcano on the eastern end of Réunion Island, is partially obscured by clouds in this photograph. The volcano, which rises more than 8565 feet (2611 meters) above sea level and is sometimes called a sister to Hawaiian volcanoes because of the similarity of climate and volcanic nature, has erupted more than 100 times since 1640. The brown volcanic flows are visible in the photograph. Piton des Neiges Volcano, the highest point on the island at 10 069 feet (3070 meters) above sea level, is west of Piton de la Fournaise Volcano near the center of the photograph. Collapsed calderas and canyons are southwest of the mountain. Like Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii, Piton des Neiges is extinct. The slopes of both volcanoes are heavily forested (dark green). Cultivated land and cities like the capital city of Saint-Denis are concentrated on the surrounding coastal lowlands. Sugar is the chief agricultural product and export.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 140k
Mission: STS049  
Roll - Frame: 94 - 23
Geographical Name: REUNION  
Features: WHOLE ISLAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 21S x 55.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 30
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 24   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 20  
Date: 19920509   YYYYMMDD
Time: 052136   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 19.7S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 55.7E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 52   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 178   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 34   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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