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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS017-E-12583 Date: Aug. 2008
Geographic Region: GREENLAND
Feature: PAN-C. FAREWELL, ICE CAP, GL.

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  Cape Farewell, Greenland

Greenland is the world’s largest island, with an area of over 2 million square kilometers; however, much of the island is covered by an ice cap that can reach thicknesses of 3 kilometers. This astronaut photograph illustrates the southernmost tip of Greenland, known as Kap Farvel in Danish and Nunap Isua in Inuit. The viewing direction is towards the northeast; the image was taken when the International Space Station was located near its most northerly orbital latitude of 52 degrees. The northern coast of Newfoundland was approximately 1,160 kilometers to the southwest.

The image is highly oblique—taken from an angle looking outwards from the ISS, rather than straight down towards the Earth—and this perspective provides a sense of topography along the southern edge of Greenland. The exposed dark grey bedrock along the southwestern coastline has been carved by glaciers into numerous fjords, steep-sided valleys that drain directly into the ocean. The white cloud cover surrounding the island likely mingles with some sea ice and icebergs calved from glaciers. A band of high-altitude cirrus clouds (light grey) casts shadows on the lower stratus cloud deck in the lower third of the image. The thin blue layer of Earth’s atmosphere is visible spanning the top third of the image from left to right.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 160k
Mission: ISS017  
Roll - Frame: E - 12583
Geographical Name: GREENLAND  
Features: PAN-C. FAREWELL, ICE CAP, GL.  
Center Lat x Lon: 60.0N x 44.5W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 100
 
Camera: N2
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 70  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   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: 3619  
 
Date: 20080804   YYYYMMDD
Time: 202453   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 54.5W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 266   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 183   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 25   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: CAPE, COAST, ISLAND  
Water Views: ICE, SEA ICE, OCEAN  
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