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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS061-E-92131 Date: Dec. 2019
Geographic Region: NEPAL

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  Sunlit Peaks in the Himalayas

As the International Space Station (ISS) was traveling over India towards the day-night terminator, an astronaut shot this photograph of Earth's third-highest summit, Kangchenjunga, and its surrounding peaks warmly lit by the setting Sun. With the Sun low in the sky, the light was passing through more atmosphere, which scatters it towards the red end of the visible spectrum.

Kangchenjunga rises more than 8500 meters (28,000 feet) above sea level. It stands in eastern Nepal near the border with India and about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east-southeast of Mount Everest. The apex of Kangchenjunga is surrounded by valley glaciers, some of which (like Yalung) are discernible in the shadows of this image. Just out of reach of the Sun's rays, a deck of low-lying clouds lingers over the valley floors.

Thirteen other mountain peaks on Earth rise higher than 8000 meters (26,000 feet). These are known by mountaineers and climbers as the "eight-thousanders." Oblique views such as this one give the dauntingly dangerous terrain a three-dimensional appearance and depth.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 340k
Mission: ISS061  
Roll - Frame: E - 92131
Geographical Name: NEPAL  
Center Lat x Lon: 27.7N x 88.1E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
Camera: N8
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 500  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: E   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: 20191216   YYYYMMDD
Time: 111606   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 28.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 78.1E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 239   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 223   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 6   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: SEA  
Atmosphere Views: CLOUDS, NIGHT  
Man Made Views:  
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