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View ISS004-E-10414.JPG 97615540357 Yes No NASA's Earth Observatory web site
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View ISS004-E-10414.JPG 349899540367 Photographic Highlights540 px resized images
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View ISS004-E-10414.TIF 1829276430322008 No No Scientist RequestCity project

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Mission: ISS004 Roll: E Frame: 10414 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS004
Country or Geographic Name: FRANCE
Center Point: Latitude: 49.0 Longitude: 2.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)


Camera Tilt: 48
Camera Focal Length: 185mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.


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


GMT Date: 20020424 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 151837 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 48.0, Longitude: -1.2 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 246 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 210 nautical miles (389 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 37 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3571


The colors of the agricultural fields surrounding Paris are striking in the springtime, even when viewed from a 400 km orbital altitude. Astronauts on board the International Space Station photographed Paris using a digital camera and downlinked the image to the ground.

This photograph of Paris is the latest to be included in a collection of the best photographs of cities taken by astronauts. This “Cities from Space“ collection represents a unique view of cities around the world as they appear from orbit. A new feature has recently been added that allows zooming and panning to interactively view geometrically corrected photos. This feature is available for a related more detailed photograph of Paris taken at the same time by the Space Station Alpha crewmembers.

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