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View ISS004-E-8852.JPG 64905540405 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
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Mission: ISS004 Roll: E Frame: 8852 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS004
Country or Geographic Name: CHINA
Center Point: Latitude: 28.0 Longitude: 86.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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


Camera Tilt: 50
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
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: 20020320 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 014419 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 29.9, Longitude: 90.2 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 103 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 213 nautical miles (394 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 21 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3016


Astronaut Dan Bursch, a member of the Expedition 4 crew on the International Space Station, observed Mt. Everest in late March 2002. This detailed image of Everest, the highest (29,035 feet, 8850 meters) mountain in the world, shows early morning light on the eastern Kangshung Face. The mountains appear to jump out of the picture because the image was taken with low sunlight using an electronic still camera equipped with an 800 mm lens. Astronaut Bursch describes passing over Mt. Everest as part of his 120-day report, which can be viewed at

Other images of Everest can be viewed from an interactive tutorial, Find Mt. Everest From Space (< href=""> The tutorial features astronaut photographs of the Himalayas, interactive graphics that illustrate key geographic features for locating Mt. Everest, and information on the geology of the region. The lesson concludes with a test of your ability to identify Everest in different photographs taken from the Space Shuttle.

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