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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS089-717-25 Date: Jan. 1998
Geographic Region: FALKLAND ISLANDS

STS089-717-025 South Georgia Island January 1998
At first glance South Georgia Island, elongated white colored feature in the center of the image appears to be some type of cloud formation. However, upon closer inspection the glacier covered island (slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island) is actually a continuation of the Andes Mountains that has a fjorded coastline with many large bays. The terrain of South Georgia Island is rugged and mountainous (many peaks exceed 6000 feet - 1829 meters above sea level) with steep, glacier-covered mountains running along the spine of the island. The maximum elevation near the center of the island is 9625 feet (2934 meters). The light colored sediment plumes seen at various locations around the island are the result of the glacial erosion process that has created these fine grained sediment plumes in the water. South Georgia Island continues to be administered from nearby Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Except for a small garrison of British soldiers, occasional tourists, and scientists, the harsh environment does not lend itself to permanent settlement. South Georgia Island is, however, one of the largest wildlife breeding areas in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The island is also home to a large colony of King Penguin (second largest species in the world after the Emperor penguins).

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 247k
Mission: STS089  
Roll - Frame: 717 - 25
Geographical Name: FALKLAND ISLANDS  
Center Lat x Lon: 54.5S x 36.5W
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
Camera:: HB
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
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: 70  
Date: 19980127   YYYYMMDD
Time: 133329   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.7S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 28.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 14   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 207   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: BAY, SEDIMENT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  

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