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LOCATION Direction Photo #: STS51C-143-32 Date: Jan. 1985
Geographic Region: USA-FLORIDA

STS51C-143-0032 Southern Florida, U.S.A. January 1985
The southern tip of Florida has a variety of natural landscape features, and the imprint of numerous human activities is dramatically evident in the photograph. For example, large agricultural field patterns are seen in the area immediately southeast of Lake Okeechobee. To the east and southeast of Lake Okeechobee, most of the linear features are canals--conduits that carry fresh water to the heavily populated southeast coast of Florida. This built-up coastal area generally extends from West Palm Beach in the north to the greater Miami area in the south. The Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve of southern and southwestern Florida stand out as almost uninhabited areas. Looking closely at the photograph, you can detect the general direction of surface water flow (from north to southwest) by observing the alignment of the naturally occurring vegetation pattern through the sloughs of saw grass and hardwood hammocks of the Everglades. Several smoke palls (with their plumes trailing off to the south) are seen in this photograph. Two oriented west-east aircraft contrails are observed to the southwest of Lake Okeechobee. The dark blue (deeper water) of the Gulf Stream is in marked contrast to the light blue (shallower water) of the Great Bahama Bank and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida Bay is the highly reflective area (light blue to white) at the extreme southern tip of Florida. Bimini can be seen approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of the greater Miami area. Many of the islands that form the Florida Keys are visible as they start their arc toward the southwest.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 122k
Mission: STS51C  
Roll - Frame: 143 - 32
Geographical Name: USA-FLORIDA  
Center Lat x Lon: 26.0N x 80.5W
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:   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   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:  
Date: 198501__   YYYYMMDD
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: RIVER, SWAMP, LAKE  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE, PLUME  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE, DAM  
City Views:  

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