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ISS003-E-5120

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View ISS003-E-5120_2.JPG 23077400265 No No Photographic Highlights
View ISS003-E-5120.JPG 38847530358 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View ISS003-E-5120.JPG 75898640437 No No
View ISS003-E-5120.JPG 270391540359 Photographic Highlights(540px resized images)
View ISS003-E-5120.JPG 3894061024681 Photographic Highlightsactual files used
View ISS003-E-5120.JPG 183115130602092 No No Earth From Space collection
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Identification

Mission: ISS003 Roll: E Frame: 5120 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS003
Country or Geographic Name: EGYPT
Features: GIZA, PYRAMIDS
Center Point: Latitude: 30.0 Longitude: 31.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:

Camera

Camera Tilt:
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: E2: Kodak DCS460 Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

Quality

Film Exposure:
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20010815 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 12____ (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: , Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:
Sun Azimuth: 248 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 205 nautical miles (380 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 57 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3636

Captions

Space Station view of the Pyramids at Giza

One of the world’s most famous archaeological sites has been photographed in amazing detail by the astronauts onboard Space Station Alpha. This image, taken 15 August, 2001, represents the greatest detail of the Giza plateau captured from a human-occupied spacecraft (approximate 7 m resolution). Afternoon sun casts shadows that help the eye make out the large pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Sets of three smaller queens’ pyramids can be seen to the east of the Pyramid of Khufu and south of the Pyramid of Menkaure. The light-colored causeway stretching from the Mortuary Temple at the Pyramid of Khafre to the Valley Temple near the Sphinx (arrow) can also be seen. Because it is not tall enough to cast a deep shadow, the Sphinx itself cannot readily be distinguished.

Although some commercial satellites, such as IKONOS, have imaged the Pyramids at Giza in greater detail (1 m resolution), this image highlights the potential of the International Space Station as a remote sensing platform. A commercial digital camera without space modifications was used to obtain this picture. Similarly, a variety of remote sensing instruments developed for use on aircraft can potentially be used from the Space Station.

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