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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS066-157-147 Date: Nov. 1994
Geographic Region: UZBEKISTAN

STS066-157-147 Renaissance Island, Uzbekistan November 1994
This near-nadir view shows the ever-expanding Renaissance Island (Vozrozhdeniya Island) as water levels continue to decline in the Aral Sea. Located in the central Aral Sea, Renaissance Island was one of the main laboratories and testing sites for the Former Soviet Union government's Microbiological Warfare Group. It was here, according to just released documents, that the deadly Antrax Virus was developed and stored. The laboratory staff members abandoned the island in late 1991. Many of the containers holding the virus were not properly stored or destroyed, and over the last decade many of the containers have developed leaks. As the Aral Sea continues to recede, the ever-expanding island will eventually connect with the surrounding land. Many scientists fear that reptiles, including snakes, will move to the surrounding land, thus carrying this deadly virus to humans living around and near the shores of the Aral Sea.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 251k
Mission: STS066  
Roll - Frame: 157 - 147
Geographical Name: UZBEKISTAN  
Features: S ARAL SEA, ISLAND  
Center Lat x Lon: 45.0N x 59.5E
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: 11   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
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   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 74  
Date: 19941108   YYYYMMDD
Time: 071719   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 60.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 173   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 161   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 28   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: SEA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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