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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS048-E-43418 Date: Jul. 2016
Geographic Region: BOLIVIA

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  Smoky Andean Valleys

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this oblique photograph of smoke-filled canyons along the eastern margin of the Andes Mountains. The desert plateau of Bolivia lies in the foreground, with the southern end of Lake Titicaca at image lower left. The desert is known as the Altiplano (high plain) because of its great altitude just over 4000 meters (13,000 feet). The city of La Paz, Bolivia's capital, lies on the edge of the Altiplano.

The smoke in the valleys comes from several fires on the upper margin of the montane forest. These forests, known locally as the Yungas, appear dark green in the image. The Yungas is forested because it is a relatively wet zone and is often cloudy. In fact, astronauts see the Yungas much less often than they see the usually cloudless Altiplano.

A narrow mountain range known as the Cordillera Oriental (image center) lies between the Yungas and Altiplano regions; it is a sub-range of the Andes Mountains. Peaks are so high here, almost 6400 meters (21,000 feet), that they are capped by small ice sheets and glaciers, which appear as bright white spots in the image. The highest peaks are Mount Ancohuma (far left) Cerro Gigante, and Nevado Illimani (image center).

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 420k
Mission: ISS048  
Roll - Frame: E - 43418
Geographical Name: BOLIVIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 16.5S x 67.5W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 44   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 65  
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:  
Date: 20160723   YYYYMMDD
Time: 132220   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 18.7S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 70.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 55   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 219   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 27   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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