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Mission: ISS039 Roll: E Frame: 9383 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS039
Country or Geographic Name: BELGIUM
Center Point: Latitude: 51.1 Longitude: 4.4 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

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


Camera Tilt: 51
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: 20140405 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 214609 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 50.3, Longitude: 8.8 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 331 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 220 nautical miles (407 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: -29 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
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Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium, at night

The crew of the international Space Station took this night shot of Brussels, the capital city and largest city of Belgium, and also the de facto headquarters of the European Union. The other city is Antwerp, located on the Scheldt R. which appears as a black line angling through the city. Antwerp is a major European port with access to the Atlantic Ocean. Its extensive dock facilities are even more brightly lit than the city center. Other brilliant points are the city center of Brussels and the Brussels National Airport. Major highways appear as straighter, brighter lines radiating from the two cities. The battlefield of Waterloo lies in the cornfields immediately south of Brussels.

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