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Spacecraft nadir point: 39.3° N, 79.6° W

Photo center point: 38.9° N, 77.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 184 nautical miles (341km)
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Image Caption: Washington, D.C.

George Washington not only served as the namesake for the capital city of the United States, he also chose its location, perhaps envisioning the transportation possibilities that the Potomac River flowing past the site would provide. Early on, the city saw conflict; in the War of 1812, British forces invaded and burned several public buildings. The Civil War marked the beginning of the city's transformation from a provincial town to a world center of culture, history, and political energy during the 20th century. According to the Census Bureau, the District of Columbia, which comprises the city of Washington, supported a population of more than half a million inhabitants in 2003.

This picture was taken as the International Space Station passed over the western border of Maryland and West Virginia. The resolution and spatial coverage of this image are similar to the 15-meter-per-pixel data obtained by sensors onboard the Landsat 7 and Terra satellites. Recognizable in this image are the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument (and its shadow), and the Lincoln Memorial, along the northeast bank of the Potomac River.