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IdentificationMission: ISS016 Roll: E Frame: 21564 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS016
Country or Geographic Name: FRANCE
Features: PARIS METROPOLITAN AREA
Center Point Latitude: 48.9 Center Point Longitude: 2.3 (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: 50
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)
NadirGMT Date: 20080107 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 091049 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 49.6, Longitude: -1.1 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: East
Sun Azimuth: 139 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 8 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 299
A crisp, clear winter day over France provided the International Space Station a detailed view of the city of Paris. This image, rotated and cropped from the original, shows the recognizable street pattern of the city - and some of the world’s most notable landmarks - along the Seine River. One of the main avenues radiating like spokes from the Arc de Triomphe (image upper left) is the Avenue des Champs-Élysées running southeast to the Garden of Tuileries (Jardin des Tuileries).
The garden—recognizable by its light green color relative to the surrounding built materials—was originally commissioned by Catherine de Medici in 1559, and is now bounded by the Place de la Concorde to the northeast and the Louvre museum along the Seine River at the southeast end. Other, similarly colored parks and greenspaces are visible throughout the image. Farther south on the Seine is the Íle de la Cité, location of the famous Notre Dame cathedral. Perhaps most prominent is the characteristic “A” profile of the Eiffel Tower west of the Jardin des Tuileries, highlighted by morning sunlight.
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