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IdentificationMission: ISS005 Roll: E Frame: 10643 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS005
Country or Geographic Name: JAPAN
Features: HAKODATE CITY
Center Point: Latitude: 42.0 Longitude: 140.5 (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:
CameraCamera Tilt: 29
Camera Focal Length: 800mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
GMT Date: 20020822 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 012527 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 43.6, Longitude: 139.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southeast
Sun Azimuth: 145 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 54 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1434
CaptionsThis photograph taken from the window of the International Space Station on August 22, 2002 shows Hakodate City, Japan (population 288,491). Hakodate City is a seaport located on two bays in the Oshima Peninsula near the south end of the major Japanese island of Hokkaido. This image nicely illustrates how sunglint reflecting off the ocean reveals internal waves impinging on the coast. Also, from space, Hakodate is quite distinguished from other cities of it size, featuring a large five-pointed star near it center.
The star known as “Goryokaku” is actually the first Western-style fort built in Japan from 1857-64. Today the historic fort is a 251,400 square meter (62 acre) park (note the green center), well known for its majestic cherry blossoms. It is also now a major tourist attraction. In the hundred feet wide outer moat (higlighted by sunglint) large, colorful Japanese Carp and boat rentals are popular attractions.
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