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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS068-258-42 Date: Oct. 1994
Geographic Region: SOCIETY ISLANDS

STS068-258-042 Bora-Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia October 1994
Considered by many as one of the natural wonders of the world, the island of Bora-Bora is a single island surrounded by an extensive coral reef and a beautiful blue lagoon captured in the center of this low-oblique photograph. Like most of its neighboring islands, Bora-Bora, a remnant of a severely eroded, exposed tip of an extinct volcano, is one of the volcanic Society Islands, part of French Polynesia. The coral reef north of Bora-Bora is Tupai Atoll. The two islands southeast of Bora-Bora--Tahaa (northern island) and Raiatea (larger southern island)--are encircled by a single coral reef system. These three islands and atoll represent an excellent teaching tool to explain the evolutionary physical cycle, which requires thousands of years, through which these volcanic islands pass. Three types of coral reefs--fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls--develop in sequence around the south Pacific volcanic islands. Similarly, the volcanic islands are born and erode until no land or inner islands exist, and only the coral atolls remain.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 72k
Mission: STS068  
Roll - Frame: 258 - 42
Geographical Name: SOCIETY ISLANDS  
Center Lat x Lon: 16.5S x 151.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
Camera:: HB
Camera Tilt: 46   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 155  
Date: 19941009   YYYYMMDD
Time: 234725   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 15.2S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 152.9W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 285   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 111   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 62   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: LAGOON, OCEAN, REEF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
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