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ISS008-E-13212

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Identification

Mission: ISS008 Roll: E Frame: 13212 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS008
Country or Geographic Name: USA-TEXAS
Features: EL PASO, CIUDAD JUAREZ, AIRPORT
Center Point: Latitude: 32.0 Longitude: -106.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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

Camera Tilt: 23
Camera Focal Length: 400mm
Camera: E4: Kodak DCS760C Electronic Still Camera
Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.

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Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)

Nadir

GMT Date: 20040126 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 224722 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 33.4, Longitude: -106.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: South
Sun Azimuth: 232 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 195 nautical miles (361 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 18 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 1600

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This international image of the El Paso-Juárez area on the U.S.-Mexico border is the 100,000th photograph of Earth that astronauts have taken from the International Space Station. It was taken on January 26, 2004, by Expedition 8 crewmembers.

The Rio Grande can be seen meandering through the area, forming the boundary between the sister cities of El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Chihuahua. North is to the right in this image, and the setting sun has cast the east side of the Sierra Juárez and Franklin Mountains into shadow.

Photographs of Earth are a concrete way for astronauts to share their observations and experience in orbit with the public. Scientists integrate them with a variety of other remote sensing data in their Earth science research. The record of astronaut photography of Earth starts over 40 years ago with the first human spaceflights and represents the longest continuous record of the state of the planet as observed from orbit.

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