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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS006-E-45591 Date: Apr. 2003
Geographic Region: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Feature: KULUNDA STEPPE, OB RIVER, SNOW

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  The dark spikes slashing across this agricultural area between the Ob River and the Irtysh River (out of the view left) form a familiar visual cue for astronauts that they are flying over Western Siberia. The signature pattern across the center is made by forests in a great plain that has been folded by tectonic forces—the surface rock layers form a long series of gentle folds aligned NE-SW. The lower zones are darker because the snow disappears through the Scotch pine trees. The higher areas are occupied by numerous angular fields of the steppe, etched by snow.

The Ob is a major river of Siberia, draining from the Altai Mountains on the borders of western China and Mongolia in central Asia, thousands of miles to the Arctic Ocean. Great bends in a 300-km stretch of the Ob River appear on the right side of this north-looking view image (taken with a 50 mm lens, April 10, 2003).

The major Siberian city of Barnaul is the dark patch on a sharp bend in the Ob River (right margin). Barnaul is a major industrial and cultural center, but began as one of Russia’s most famous two mining cities, having supplied hundreds of tons of silver to the imperial coffers since the mid 1700s. Barnaul lies 200 km south of Novosibirsk, one of the most important cities on the Trans-Siberian railroad.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 88k
Mission: ISS006  
Roll - Frame: E - 45591
Geographical Name: RUSSIAN FEDERATION  
Features: KULUNDA STEPPE, OB RIVER, SNOW  
Center Lat x Lon: 53.0N x 82.5E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: E4
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 1043  
 
Date: 20030410   YYYYMMDD
Time: 095632   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 50.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 87.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 247   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 206   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 27   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PLAIN  
Water Views: RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: MINING  
City Views: BARNAUL  
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