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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS61A-32-26 Date: Oct. 1985
Geographic Region: CAMBODIA

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  STS61A-32-0026 Mekong River, Cambodia (Kampuchea) October 1985
One of the great rivers of Southeast Asia, the Mekong on the Cambodian Plains northeast of Phnom Penh, can be seen in this north-looking, low-oblique photograph. The Mekong River, 2600 miles (4185 kilometers) long, rises in the Tanglha Range in the Tibetan Plateau of China at an elevation of more than 16 000 feet (5000 meters). The river flows generally south through Yunan Province in deep gorges and over many rapids. The Chinese call the Mekong the "turbulent river." Leaving Yunan Province, the river forms the Burma-Laos border, then curves east and south through northwest Laos before forming the Laos-Thailand border. From southwest Laos, the river descends onto the Cambodian Plain as a broad, lazy, silt-laden river clogged with many small islands (visible in the photograph). During the dry season, the Mekong receives water from Tonle Sap Lake, a natural reservoir northwest of Phnom Penh; however, during the rainy season, the floodwaters of the Mekong reverse the direction of the Tonle Sap River and flow into Tonle Sap Lake. The Mekong finally enters the South China Sea through its many distributaries in southern Vietnam's vast Mekong Delta, one of the greatest rice-growing areas of Asia. Deforested areas, especially on the Cambodian Plain, appear on both sides of the river.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 143k
Mission: STS61A  
Roll - Frame: 32 - 26
Geographical Name: CAMBODIA  
Features: MEKONG RIVER  
Center Lat x Lon: 12.5N x 105.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 38   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
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   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 8  
Date: 19851031   YYYYMMDD
Time: 033552   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 10.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 105.3E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 145   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 176   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 60   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: VALLEY, FOREST  
Water Views: RIVER, SEDIMENT  
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