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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS014-E-7578 Date: Nov. 2006
Geographic Region: ITALY
Feature: VILLAGGIO BONCORE, RACE TRACK

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  Nardo Ring, Italy:
The Narḍ Ring is a striking visual feature from space, and astronauts have photographed it several times. The Ring is a race car test track; it is 12.5 kilometers long and steeply banked to reduce the amount of active steering needed by drivers. Although it is a perfect circle, it appears oval in this photograph. This distortion is because the astronaut’s viewing angle was 35 degrees, looking back along the orbit track to the southwest from the International Space Station’s window.

The Narḍ Ring lies in a remote area on the heel of Italy’s “boot,” 50 kilometers east of the naval port of Taranto. The small coastal town of Villaggio Boncore—visible as a light grey area of linear streets at the bottom center of the image—lies just to the south, but the Ring is named after the bigger urban center of Narḍ, 22 kilometers to the southeast (not shown). The Ring encompasses a number of active (green) and fallow (brown to dark brown) agricultural fields. In this zone of intensive agriculture, farmers gain access to their fields through the Ring via a series of underpasses. Winding features within the southern section of the Ring appear to be smaller, unused race tracks.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 530k
Mission: ISS014  
Roll - Frame: E - 7578
Geographical Name: ITALY  
Features: VILLAGGIO BONCORE, RACE TRACK  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.3N x 17.8E
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: 35   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   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: 1591  
 
Date: 20061108   YYYYMMDD
Time: 093605   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 42.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 18.5E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 165   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 181   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 30   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views:  
Water Views: TARANTO, GULF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AGRICULTURE, PORT  
City Views:  
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