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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS068-162-120 Date: Oct. 1994
Geographic Region: CHINA

STS068-162-120 Ordos Desert and the Huang He (Yellow River), China October 1994
The arid steppes in this low-oblique, generally north-looking photograph is a transition zone between China (People's Republic of China) to the south and the independent buffer state of Mongolia to the north. The photograph shows part of the Huang He (Yellow River) as it flows north and then east through the Ordos Desert. The climate of this margin of the Gobi Desert is characterized by chronic droughts, hot summers, and bitterly cold winters. The only true settlements are found along the floodplains of the Huang He where sufficient quantities of water are available for intensive irrigated farming. Two distinct agricultural areas are visible in the photograph--a highly cultivated area between the Helan Mountains (a small, north-south-oriented range near the southern boundary of the photograph) and the Huang He and another farther north where the Huang He bends east. The city of Baotou is located east of this second area, along the northern shore of the Huang He. Several highly reflective dry salt lakes are scattered east and west of the river. The sizable towns of Yinchuan and Xincheng are barely recognizable in the cultivated fields east of the Helan Mountain along the southern edge of the photograph. (Refer to STS-068-239-083 for a detailed photograph of floodplain farming east of the Helan Mountains.)

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 89k
Mission: STS068  
Roll - Frame: 162 - 120
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.0N x 106.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera:: LH
Camera Tilt: 48   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 90  
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   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 62  
Date: 19941004   YYYYMMDD
Time: 060418   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 37.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 106.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 208   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 117   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 44   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE  
City Views:  

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