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IdentificationMission: ISS006 Roll: E Frame: 18382 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS006
Country or Geographic Name: USA-NEW YORK
Features: NEW YORK CITY & EAST COAST LIGHTS, NIGHT
Center Point: Latitude: 41.0 Longitude: -73.0 (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:
CameraCamera Tilt: High Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 58mm
Camera: N1: Nikon D1
Film: 2000E : 2000 x 1312 pixel CCD, RGBG imager color filter.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 25 (11-25)
GMT Date: 20030118 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 091723 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 37.1, Longitude: -60.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 99 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 207 nautical miles (383 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: -23 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3763
CaptionsBright city lights along the coastline and interior delineate the eastern coast of the United States at night. Known as the “city that never sleeps,” New York City with its population of more than 8 million residents (in 2000) is the largest and brightest metropolitan area along the coast. The metropolitan area straddles the Hudson River and spreads eastward over Long Island. Philadelphia is the second largest city in this image, situated south of New York (lower left in this scene). One of the most richly historic of U.S. cities, Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
The crew of the International Space Station took this image from a vantage point well to the northeast of the cities, with the camera pointed westward back towards New York City and the coast. The result is that the perspective is highly distorted but still recognizable. Low clouds have formed over the waters of the Atlantic and have settled into some of the valleys of the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest.
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