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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS081-742-27 Date: Jan. 1997
Geographic Region: COSTA RICA

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  STS081-742-027 Guanacaste Mountains, Costa Rica January 1997
The color infrared image helps to identify three major volcanoes that are part of the Guanacaste Mountains (volcanic range of mountains) in northwest Costa Rica. With many of the volcanic summits being covered by clouds, the deep red colors of the heavily forested slopes of the volcanoes line up in a northwest to southeast alignment. From left to right across the picture the names of the volcanoes are Orosi, Rincon de la Vieja (center of image), and Miravalles. The western flanks of these volcanoes exhibit a severely eroded landscape that grades into the Tempisque River Basin, located southwest of the mountains. This basin is an extensive fertile plain, but during the wet season the Tempisque River can inundate its floodplain and adjacent low-lying terrain. As the river approaches the Gulf of Nicoya, saline lagoons and swamplands increase, forming extensive wetlands. On higher elevations within the Tempisque Basin large field patterns, consisting of ranches and plantations are visible near the bottom of the picture. The darker feature at the top of the picture is the southern end of Lake Nicaragua and the dark feature in the lower left corner of the image is the Gulf of Papagayo.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 376k
Mission: STS081  
Roll - Frame: 742 - 27
Geographical Name: COSTA RICA  
Center Lat x Lon: 10.5N x 84.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 20
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 35   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 131  
Date: 19970120   YYYYMMDD
Time: 162549   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 9.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 86.4W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 143   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 193   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 53   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  
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