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Atmospheric Physics and Earth Observations

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Science  13 Jul 1984:
Vol. 225, Issue 4658, pp. 167-169
DOI: 10.1126/science.225.4658.167


The Spacelab metric camera experiment acquired stereoscopic high-resolution black-and-white and color infrared photographs of various regions of the world. In total, an area of about 11 million square kilometers was covered. Because of the delay in launching the shuttle until 28 November, illumination conditions were frequently poor over many candidate targets. However, unique high-quality images with a ground resolution of about 20 meters were obtained by increasing camera exposure time. Initial image analysis has shown that these images may be used for earth mapping at the scale 1:100,000.