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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS064-E-9385 Date: Dec. 2020
Geographic Region: USA-CALIFORNIA

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The winter months in the San Francisco Bay area offer a reprieve from the typically foggy summer days that shroud the city and water beneath a layer of low clouds. On this clear December day, an astronaut onboard the International Space Station shot this photograph of the area's mixture of dense urban development and preserved natural spaces.

The Bay Area has several famous landmarks that stand out to astronauts. The Golden Gate Bridge is part of Route 101, the longest highway in California; it connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County. The San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge crosses over and tunnels through Yerba Buena Island. Both bridges stand high enough to allow large ships to pass under on the way to various docks, piers, and shipyards around the Bay.

Other islands, like Alcatraz and Angel Island, are only accessible by ferry. The entirety of Angel Island is state parkland. Alcatraz is home to the historic prison and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. A common myth of Alcatraz is that it is surrounded by man-eating sharks. However, according to shark conservationists, only one death by shark attack has ever been recorded within San Francisco Bay.

The long, dark-toned rectangle extending inland across San Francisco from the Pacific coastline is Golden Gate Park. It spans more than 1,000 acres and contains a Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The park acts as an "urban oasis" amidst the dense, well-organized, square city blocks.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 203k
Mission: ISS064  
Roll - Frame: E - 9385
Geographical Name: USA-CALIFORNIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 37.8N x 122.4W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N8
Camera Tilt: 37   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 500  
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: 20201203   YYYYMMDD
Time: 205820   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 35.8N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 124.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 194   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 223   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 31   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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