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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS052-E-45458 Date: Aug. 2017
Geographic Region: MONGOLIA

Eastern Sayan Mountains

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured this long lens photograph of part of the Eastern Sayan Mountains in northern Mongolia. Shadows are cast on the mountain faces as the sun sets in the west and darkens the adjacent valleys. Lower elevations are indicated by taiga forests while snow covers mountain tops mostly bare of vegetation. The mountains are largely uninhabited; the closest mapped town is approximately 93 kilometers (58 miles) from image center. The region has served as a crossroads for journeyers and traders between Mongolia and Russia for centuries.

According to the Koppen Climate Classification, the region is classified as Dwc- snow with dry winters and cool summers. With slight fluctuations in temperature, snow melt and occasional precipitation travels down the mountain sides and into tributaries on the low river valley. These tributaries flow east, approximately 149 kilometers (155 miles), before emptying into Lake Khuvsgul, the largest fresh water lake in Mongolia by volume.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 536k
Mission: ISS052  
Roll - Frame: E - 45458
Geographical Name: MONGOLIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 51.0N x 98.1E
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: 02   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: 20170812   YYYYMMDD
Time: 090411   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 51.1N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 98.1E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 249   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 213   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: LAKE, RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views: WINTERS  

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