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Black Point Lava Flow - Space Shuttle & International Space Station Imagery

The Space Shuttle and International Space Station orbit the Earth at different inclinations and altitudes, providing different views of the Earth’s surface.  Astronauts take advantage of variable fields-of-view with different exchangeable lenses and camera bodies, different look-angles (depending on the geometry of the overpass of an area), and changing illumination from the sun on successive passes. From that database of astronaut photography, several images of the Black Point Lava Flow and the surrounding region have been captured.

STS-090-750-49

Oblique view of the San Francisco Mountains, with the Black Point Lava Flow in the left-center portion of the image.

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May 2, 1998, 1:54:44 Z
Hasselblad 70 mm film camera with 250mm lens
Spacecraft was at 133 nmi (246 km)
Sun elevation 38 deg

ISS-015-E-9691

Humphrey’s Peak and the San Francisco Mountains, which are part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field south of the Black Point Lava Flow.

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Kodak DCS760 with 400mm lens
May 25 2007  15:42:56 Z
Spacecraft was at 180 nmi (333 km)
Sun elevation: 43 deg

ISS-018-E-25294

Wide view of the Grand Canyon, the San Francisco Mountains, and the Painted Desert.  The Black Point Lava Flow is in the right-center of the image.

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Jan 31 2009 at 19:48:09 Z
Nikon D2Xs with 45mm lens
Spacecraft was at 189 nmi (350 km)
Sun elevation: 38deg

ISS-020-E-33525

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 Spacecraft altitude 187 nmi (346 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33526

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009
Spacecraft altitude 187 nmi (346 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33527

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009
Spacecraft altitude 187 nmi (346 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33528

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:29
Spacecraft altitude 187 nmi (346 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33529

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:31
Spacecraft altitude 187 nmi (346 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33530

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:33
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33531

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:35
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg

ISS-020-E-33532

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:48
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 52 deg

ISS-020-E-33533

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:51
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 52 deg

ISS-020-E-33534

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:12:53
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 53 deg

ISS-020-E-33535

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:13:01
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 53 deg

ISS-020-E-33536

Black Point Lava Flow

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Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Aug 21 2009 17:13:03
Spacecraft altitude 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 53 deg

ISS-020-E-033530

Black Point Lava Flow immediately prior to the Lunar mission simulation of 2009.

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Aug 21 2009 17:12:33
Nikon D3 with 800mm lens
Spacecraft was at 188 nmi (348 km)
Sun elevation 51 deg



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