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View STS090-714-42.JPG 59756513011280 No No Cities collection
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Mission: STS090 Roll: 714 Frame: 42 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS90
Country or Geographic Name: CHINA
Center Point: Latitude: 40.0 Longitude: 116.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: Yes (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: G-10 JNC Map ID: 25


Camera Tilt: Low Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 250mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5069 : Kodak Elite 100S, E6 Reversal, Replaces Lumiere, Warmer in tone vs. Lumiere.


Film Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 20 (11-25)


GMT Date: 1998____ (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: , Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:
Sun Azimuth: (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: nautical miles (0 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number:


Beijing has been one of the most important cities in the world for more than three thousand years—it first was named a capital city in 1057 B.C. This image of Beijing was taken from the Space Shuttle five years ago (in late April-early May 1998), and is one of the best photographs of the city taken from orbit. The image has been scanned from film and reduced in resolution for display over the Internet, but still shows the city’s distinctive historical features such as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Modern Beijing is home to over 12 million people, and covers nearly 17,000 square kilometers (6400 square miles). Beijing has been a focus of international concern since the outbreak of the SARS virus in November 2002. Beijing was hit hard by the outbreak, with large portions of the cases worldwide and deaths reported there.

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