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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS014-E-12652 Date: Jan. 2007
Geographic Region: CANADA-Q

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The largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec and the largest inland port in the world, Montreal takes its name from a distinctive landscape feature at the center of the city. Mont-Royal ("royal mountain" in French) rises to an elevation of 233 meters (about 764 feet) at Colline de la Croix peak. The mountain is sometimes identified in guidebooks as an extinct volcano, but the types of igneous rock found at Mont-Royal suggest the mountain is more likely to be the remnants of magma chambers that once fed surface volcanoes than a surface volcano itself. The Parc du Mont-Royal--one of the city's largest forested greenspaces--is located on the lower slopes of the mountain (appearing as gray-green regions in the image), while the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery occupies most of the upper snow-covered area of Mont-Royal visible in the image.

This astronaut photograph was taken while the International Space Station (ISS) was located approximately 306 kilometers (about 190 miles) to the southeast over Mount Vernon, Maine. The astronaut was looking northwest to capture the morning sunlight on a snow-dusted Montreal. Individual skyscrapers of the downtown area are clearly visible, highlighted by the long shadows they cast in the light of the rising sun. The high-rise profile of the downtown area contrasts sharply with a distinctive grid pattern of residential, commercial, and institutional city blocks to the north, south, and west, which are outlined by the snow cover. The combination of oblique viewing angle and sun position also allow for the capture of sunglint--light reflected directly back to the camera on the ISS--on the St. Lawrence River at image right. The glint reveals ice on the river; several large chunks are visible to the north of the Victoria Bridge (image lower right). The image is detailed enough to capture individual support pylons on the bridge.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 250k
Mission: ISS014  
Roll - Frame: E - 12652
Geographical Name: CANADA-Q  
Center Lat x Lon: 45.5N x 73.6W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: E4
Camera Tilt: 53   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: W   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: 2762  
Date: 20070121   YYYYMMDD
Time: 144006   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 44.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 70W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 147   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 171   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 19   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: BRIDGE, PORT  
City Views: MONTREAL  
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