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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS047-153-193 Date: Sep. 1992
Geographic Region: CHINA

STS047-153-193 Lop Nur (Salt Lake), China September 1992
Lop Nur, on the Tarim Basin's eastern edge in western China's Zinjiang Province, was created by a series of water level oscillations within the former lake. The concentric rings formed as the water evaporated from the lake and left various mineral deposits, including highly reflective salts, along the new shoreline. The former lake, which now resembles a giant ear, is large enough for Space Shuttle astronauts to use as an identifiable landmark from orbital altitudes. Two entrenched drainage streambeds flow north toward the salt lake. Little water appears to have been transported to Lop Nur through these watercourses for many years. Visible are a small plateau approximately 3000 feet (915 meters) above the terrain south of Lop Nur and extensive sand dunes and sand ridges to the southeast.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 107k
Mission: STS047  
Roll - Frame: 153 - 193
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Features: KUMTAG DES., LOP NUR  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.0N x 91.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera:: LH
Camera Tilt: 22   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   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: 30  
Date: 19920915   YYYYMMDD
Time: 025454   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 40.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 91.8E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 166   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 168   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 40   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER, LAKE, PLAYA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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