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LOCATION Photo #: ISS007-E-14887 Date: Sep. 2003
Geographic Region: ATLANTIC OCEAN
Feature: PAN-HURRICANE ISABEL, EYE


IMAGE
 
Astronaut Ed Lu snapped this oblique photo of Hurricane Isabel from the International Space Station on September 15, 2003 at 10:54 UTC. At the time, Isabel was heading for the east coast of the US . It had dropped to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. After originating in the eastern Atlantic west of the Cape Verde Islands, Isabel became the second major hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic season when it was declared a Category 3 storm by the National Hurricane Center on September 8. Over the next four days, Isabel strengthened into an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane with winds estimated at 160 mph before dropping in strength as it approached the US.

Why Unique: These images taken obliquely provide both detail and vertical structure of the storm. Images like these have been used by researchers to characterize the bands of thunderstorms around the eye, and understand the short term dynamics of the storm.

These images were used by the National Hurricane Center, NOAA, the Weather channel and many other media organizations covering the news story.


Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 141k
Mission: ISS007  
Roll - Frame: E - 14887
Geographical Name: ATLANTIC OCEAN  
Features: PAN-HURRICANE ISABEL, EYE  
Center Lat x Lon: 25.0N x 69W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 100
 
Camera:: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
 
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=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 3510  
 
Date: 20030915   YYYYMMDD
Time: 105405   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 17.6N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 66.4W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 90   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 204   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 9   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: CAPE, COAST  
Water Views: CHANNEL  
Atmosphere Views: HURRICANE  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

Photo is not associated with any sequences


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