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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS007-E-14745 Date: Sep. 2003
Geographic Region: ATLANTIC OCEAN
Feature: HURRICANE ISABEL, EYE DETAIL

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  Astronaut Ed Lu snapped this photo of the eye of Hurricane Isabel from the International Space Station on September 13, 2003 at 11:18 UTC. At the time, Isabel was located about 450 miles northeast of Puerto Rico. It had dropped to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, packing winds of 150 miles per hour with gusts up to 184 miles per hour.

After originating in the eastern Atlantic west of the Cape Verde Islands, Isabel became the second major hurricane of the 2003 Atlantic season when it was declared a Category 3 storm by the National Hurricane Center on September 8. Over the next four days, Isabel strengthened into an extremely powerful Category 5 hurricane with winds estimated at 160 mph before weakening as it approached the eastern seaboard of the US.

Why Unique: This photo shows the structure of Isabel's eyewall. No other sensor images the eyewalls of hurricane with such detail. Previous work using images from the Shuttle of the eyewall of Hurricane Amleia allowed three dimensional studies of the eyewall structure.

These images were used by the National Hurricane Center, NOAA, the Weather Channel and many other media organizations covering the news story.

ISS007-E-14745, ESC with 180mm lens, 13 September 2003 at 11:18 UTC.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 192k
Mission: ISS007  
Roll - Frame: E - 14745
Geographical Name: ATLANTIC OCEAN  
Features: HURRICANE ISABEL, EYE DETAIL  
Center Lat x Lon: 22.5N x 62W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 100
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 180  
 
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=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 3479  
 
Date: 20030913   YYYYMMDD
Time: 111844   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 17.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 60.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 92   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 204   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 20   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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Atmosphere Views: HURRICANE  
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