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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS051-E-12590 Date: Apr. 2017
Geographic Region: MEXICO

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  Image Caption: Manzanillo, Mexico

An astronaut took this photograph of Mexico's busiest port - Manzanillo - from the International Space Station. The port handles cargo for Mexico City, which is 600 kilometers (400 miles) to the east. With a population of 185,000 people, the city spreads along a complex coastline. Numerous tourist hotels situated along a curved sand spit dot the seafront and the main beach.

The harbor zone near the city center is protected by sea walls, and the larger harbor zone is protected by another sand spit. This is the main commercial harbor, and it also hosts ships from Mexico's naval fleet. An artificial channel gives sea access, and the bay's shoreline is heavily engineered for port functions.

A power station occupies one end of one of the sand spits. A railroad causeway has been built over the water of Laguna Cuyutlan around the inner shorelines of the lake to supply the power station with fuel. A detailed version of the image shows two lines of power transmission pylons that angle from the power station inland across the lake.

This image was taken looking near the Sun's reflection point, or "glint point," so it reveals several ocean features. Broad curves show ocean swells moving onshore. The bright filaments may be surfactants from biogenic oils, and perhaps also from bilge pumping from the numerous oil tankers that use the port. Ships often anchor in the bay near the harbor, waiting to discharge or take on cargo.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 400k
Mission: ISS051  
Roll - Frame: E - 12590
Geographical Name: MEXICO  
Center Lat x Lon: 19.0N x 104.3W
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: 11   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
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:  
Date: 20170411   YYYYMMDD
Time: 191748   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 19.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 104.1W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 205   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 215   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 78   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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