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Mission: ISS038 Roll: E Frame: 57979 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS038
Country or Geographic Name: USA-WISCONSIN
Center Point: Latitude: 44.5 Longitude: -88.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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


Camera Tilt: 32
Camera Focal Length: 1000mm
Camera: N4: Nikon D3X
Film: 6048E : 6048 x 4032 pixel CMOS sensor, 35.9mm x 24.0mm, total pixels: 25.72 million, Nikon FX format.


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Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)


GMT Date: 20140222 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 195314 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 46.8, Longitude: -87.6 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: South
Sun Azimuth: 211 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 221 nautical miles (409 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 28 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
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Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA

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This image taken from the International Space Station shows the city of Green Bay at the southern end of icebound Green Bay, Wisconsin. This arm of Lake Michigan is six miles wide as seen in this view. The heavy snowfalls of the winter of 2014 cover the landscape. Combined with low sun illumination of a winterís day, all surfaces appear shades of gray. Fields appear brighter (top right, lower right), the cityscape (lower half of the image) appears as a checkerboard of grays, and forests (top left) appear dark.

The center of the city lies on the Fox River, one of the few larger rivers in the United States that flows north. Open water appears as dark patches at the mouth of the river where a power station emits warm water. Thinner (grayer) ice can be detected where slightly warmer water extends from the river mouth towards Long Tail Point, an ancient shoreline of the bay. Crews aboard the ISS do not usually take such detailed photographs because of the difficulty of getting sharp images with long lenses (in this case a 1000 mm lens). Streets and bridges crossing the Fox River appear quite clearly.

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