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View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 141134639435 No No From STIC, color adjusted
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 160595540670 Yes Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 377442349540 Photographic Highlights(540 px resized images)
View ISS005-E-16846_2.JPG 775515524793 Scientist RequestOnline Publication
View ISS005-E-16846_2.JPG 813359497768 Photographic Highlights(actual files used)
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 882861512768 Yes PresentationColor adjusted
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 248227810001469 No No NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 257782130322064 No No From STIC, color adjusted
View ISS005-E-16846.JPG 746620720643032 Yes PresentationColor adjusted

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Mission: ISS005 Roll: E Frame: 16846 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS005
Country or Geographic Name: GREECE
Center Point: Latitude: 38.0 Longitude: 23.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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


Camera Tilt: 10
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: 25 (11-25)


GMT Date: 20021007 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 135213 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 38.5, Longitude: 23.2 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southeast
Sun Azimuth: 242 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 202 nautical miles (374 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 23 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 2160


This high-resolution photograph taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station shows details of Athens’ historic ruins. The detail panel shows actual pixels for the area of the Acropolis—some of the most distinctive features are the Parthenon, and Odeum of Herodes Atticus. Astronauts use a 400 mm lens and a 2 x extender on a digital camera to take these detailed shots through the windows of the space station. By getting immediate feedback from the camera, they learn to track the spacecraft’s motion as it speeds over the Earth and get sharp photographs of small features. These detailed city photographs, with a pixel representing 6 m or less on the ground, have quickly become some of the most popular NASA images downloaded by the public.

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