ISS017-E-11603

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Spacecraft nadir point: 50.3° N, 85.2° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 180 nautical miles (333km)
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Image Caption: ISS017-E-011603 (22 July 2008) --- Layers of Earth's atmosphere, brightly colored as the sun rises over central Asia, and Polar Mesospheric Clouds (also known as noctilucent clouds) are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 17 crewmember on the International Space Station. The image was acquired in support of International Polar Year research.