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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS001-E-5318 Date: Jan. 2001
Geographic Region: ARGENTINA
Feature: UPSALA GLACIER, BRAZO NORTE


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Glacial Retreat:
For the crew onboard the International Space Station daylight views of the Earth's Southern Hemisphere offer fewer opportunities to observe and document land features with onboard cameras. However, South America's Patagonian Ice Fields and glaciers in the far southern Andes mountains offer beautiful, dynamic features with frequent passes whenever weather conditions permit. On the afternoon of January 3, 2004, the crew took ISS008-E-11807 of the Upsala Glacier in Argentina through a 400mm lens. This is the third largest glacier of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field with an estimated area of over 800 square kilometers. This long, north-south oriented river of ice terminates in the northern arm of Lake Argentino.

A worldwide retreat of glaciers was observed during the twentieth century and most of the Patagonia's glaciers, including Upsala were no exception. From the late 1960's to the mid 1990's the retreat of some parts was in excess of 4 kilometers. The glacier's retreat appears to be continuing during the Space Station era with visible changes along the terminus noted here when compared with this image taken in December 2000. The crew continues to monitor most of the principal glaciers of Patagonia as science targets for Crew Earth Observations.

For more information on the observed history of Patagonia's glaciers please see: Historic Fluctuations of Outlet Glaciers from the Patagonian Ice Fields.


Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 41k
Mission: ISS001  
Roll - Frame: E - 5318
Geographical Name: ARGENTINA  
Features: UPSALA GLACIER, BRAZO NORTE  
Center Lat x Lon: 49.5S x 73W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 25
 
Camera:: E2
 
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length:  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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
Orbit Number:  
 
Date: 200101__   YYYYMMDD
Time:   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: GLACIER  
Water Views: ICE, LAKE, RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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