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Spacecraft nadir point: 43.6° N, 72.6° W

Photo center point: 40.5° N, 74.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 203 nautical miles (376km)
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Image Caption: Lower Manhattan
ISS Expedition 2 crew members photographed Manhattan Island on an exceptionally clear spring day. The clarity and detail of the image provides a bird's-eye view of lower Manhattan's financial district, including the two World Trade Center (WTC) Towers. The early morning sun (the image was taken May 6, 2001 at about 9:00 AM, EDT) illuminates the east side of 110-story buildings, and casts long shadows over the Hudson River. The image provides some geographic context for tragedy that occurred on September 11. Only part of the complete image is shown above. Expedition 3 crew members photographed the area again shortly after the collapse of the towers (ISS003-E-5588).