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ISS006-E-36913

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View ISS006-E-36913.JPG 47524540380 Photographic Highlights(540 px resized images)
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Identification

Mission: ISS006 Roll: E Frame: 36913 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS006
Country or Geographic Name: USA-CALIFORNIA
Features: LOS ANGELES AT NIGHT
Center Point: Latitude: 34.0 Longitude: -118.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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Camera Tilt: 33
Camera Focal Length: 85mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

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

Nadir

GMT Date: 20030310 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 091507 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 35.3, Longitude: -116.1 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 36 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 209 nautical miles (387 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: -54 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 559

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After sunset the borders of “The City of Angels” are defined as much by its dark terrain features as by its well-lit grid of streets and freeways. Over 13 million people inhabit the coastal basin bounded roughly by the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains to the north and the Chino Hills and Santa Ana Mountains to the east and southeast.

The crew of the International Space Station took this unique image shortly after 1 a.m. local time on March 10, 2003. Both the glitter and sprawl of America’s second largest city as well as a number of its renowned landmarks are highly visible. In the north, Hollywood is nestled against the south side of the Santa Monica Mountains. On the coast, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the port facilities at Long Beach Naval Shipyards are bright spots. Finally, even at this time of night, the bright lights of Disneyland in Anaheim are a standout feature.

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