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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS51I-45-54 Date: Sep. 1985
Geographic Region: EASTER ISLAND

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  STS51I-45-0054 Easter Island, Pacific Ocean August 1985
One of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world Easter Island is situated in the southern Pacific Ocean 2200 miles (3540 km) west of Chile. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it is sometimes referred, was formed by a series of massive volcanic eruptions. Until 1300 years ago, the island was inhabited by sea birds and was heavily forested with now extinct giant palm trees. Easter Island is roughly triangular and covers an area of 64 sq. miles (166 sq. km). Volcanic cones are found scattered across the island, but none have been active since the island was colonized 1300 years ago. Today, Easter Island, with its fertile volcanic soils, is covered with grasslands and is swept by strong trade winds. Farming is the principal occupation where sheep are raised, and maize, sweet potatoes, figs, bananas, pineapples, melons, and vegetables are grown. Easter Island is perhaps best known for its giant statues or Moai that were carved out of volcanic rock and are scattered in various places around the island.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 369k
Mission: STS51I  
Roll - Frame: 45 - 54
Geographical Name: EASTER ISLAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 27S x 109.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 7   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   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: 101  
Date: 19850902   YYYYMMDD
Time: 204210   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 26.7S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 109.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 326   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 189   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 50   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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