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Mission: ISS034 Roll: E Frame: 35548 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS034
Country or Geographic Name: USA-NEVADA
Center Point: Latitude: 39.5 Longitude: -119.7 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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


Camera Tilt: 39
Camera Focal Length: 180mm
Camera: N5: Nikon D3S
Film: 4256E : 4256 x 2832 pixel CMOS sensor, 36.0mm x 23.9mm, total pixels: 12.87 million, Nikon FX format.


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


GMT Date: 20130128 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 073531 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 40.2, Longitude: -116.8 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 345 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 223 nautical miles (413 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: -67 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
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Reno, Nevada Metropolitan Area at Night

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Known as “the biggest little city in the world”, the city of Reno is located in Truckee Meadows along the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada near the California border. It forms part of the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area—the largest such area in northern Nevada, and the second largest in the state after Las Vegas. Lake Tahoe, a major destination for skiing and other outdoor recreational activities, is located less than 50 kilometers to the southwest of the Reno-Sparks metro area.

The relatively isolated nature of the metropolitan area within the surrounding terrain is highlighted in this night time image taken from the International Space Station. The major industrial and commercial areas of both Reno and Sparks are brightly lit at image center. The major street grid is visible as orange linear features adjacent to the industrial/commercial areas. Residential areas appear dark in contrast. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (image center) is visible as a dark, dagger-shaped region in the southeast quarter of the metropolitan area.

At the time this astronaut photograph was taken, the Moon was in a waning gibbous phase (98% of a full moon). Moonlight provided enough illumination of the ground surface such that the topography, accentuated by snow cover, surrounding the Reno-Sparks area is clearly visible (image upper left, lower left) following color enhancement.

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