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IdentificationMission: ISS011 Roll: E Frame: 13889 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS011
Country or Geographic Name: USA-UTAH
Features: LONE PK., DRAPER, FOR., SNOW
Center Point: Latitude: 40.5 Longitude: -111.8 (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: 9
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: 20050930 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 211327 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 40.9, Longitude: -111.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: Southwest
Sun Azimuth: 219 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 185 nautical miles (343 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 39 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 3231
CaptionsFall Colors in the Wasatch Range, Utah
The Wasatch Range forms an impressive backdrop to the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, and it is a frequent destination for hikers, backpackers, and skiers. The range is considered to be the westernmost part of the Rocky Mountains, and rises to elevations of approximately 3,600 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level. The abundance of streams and building materials (timber and stone) encouraged the earliest Mormon settlers to establish themselves along the western front of the Wasatch Range. Development of the region still occurs mainly along the western mountain front.
The cooling days of autumn find the Wasatch Range clothed in the leaves of deciduous trees turning color. This astronaut photograph, taken at the end of September, captures red- (maple trees) and gold-mantled (aspen trees) hill slopes along the western mountain front to the south of Salt Lake City. Other common tree species at these elevations include pine, fir, spruce, willow, birch, and oak. A portion of Draper City is visible in the left half of the image. The elevation of Lone Peak, visible at upper right, is approximately 3,410 meters (11,253 feet).
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