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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS063-E-52878 Date: Jul. 2020
Geographic Region: NEW ZEALAND-NI

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An astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of South Island, New Zealand—also designated by the Māori name "Te Waipounamu" by the New Zealand Geographic Board. The island's snowcapped Southern Alps poked through wispy winter clouds that also hovered over the sea surface.

Stretching hundreds of kilometers across South Island, the Southern Alps form a spine of white that contrasts with the surrounding green and brown landscape. The highest peak in the mountain range, known as Aoraki Mount Cook, rises approximately 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level. The elevation of the range creates a rain-shadow effect east of the mountain range (left in this south-facing view). The mountains and their foothills on the west side experience frequent rain and snowfall year-round, while the downwind (east side) of these peaks have a more arid climate and many cloud-free days.

South Island is also marked by the Alpine Fault, the major surface expression of the boundary between the Indo-Australian and the Pacific tectonic plates. The central section of the fault runs the length of South Island. As the plates progressively converge, the Southern Alps shouldd continue to rise skyward over time.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 516k
Mission: ISS063  
Roll - Frame: E - 52878
Geographical Name: NEW ZEALAND-NI  
Center Lat x Lon: 41.5S x 176.5E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 75
Camera: N8
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   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: 20200713   YYYYMMDD
Time: 212143   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 25.9S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 166.1E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 53   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 228   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 19   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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