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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS004-E-11958 Date: May 2002
Geographic Region: DEM. REP. OF CONGO

Fires in Central and Southern Africa
Fire scars and smoke plumes result from biomass burning in the savannas of southern Democratic Republic of Congo. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station observed the seasonal increase in savanna burning, which traditionally peaks in June in southern Democratic Republic of Congo. This image, taken on May 16, 2002, is centered near 8.6S, 27.4 E. These fires, likely the result of human activities, are thought to contribute significant emissions to the atmosphere (Cahoon, et al, 1992). The darker area in the foreground is a more heavily wooded hillside; most burning occurs in the grassier savannas which appear red-brown.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 46k
Mission: ISS004  
Roll - Frame: E - 11958
Geographical Name: DEM. REP. OF CONGO  
Center Lat x Lon: 8.5S x 27.0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera:: E4
Camera Tilt: 7   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 180  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 3926  
Date: 20020516   YYYYMMDD
Time: 091319   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 8.6S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 27.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 25   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 212   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 59   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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