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  Image: Geographic Location Photo #: ISS039-E-18538 Date: May 2014
Geographic Region: USA-NEW YORK

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  New York City

This detailed image reveals the narrow shape of Manhattan located between the Hudson River and the East River, a feature familiar to crews on the International Space Station. The ragged line of shadow cast by the Palisades cliff crosses the bottom of the image. Wharves jut into the rivers, bridges are visible mainly because of the shadows they cast, and the grid pattern of major roads stands out. On the island of Manhattan itself the main visual features are Central Park (with playing fields as white dots) and two darker zones where the tallest buildings in Midtown East and the Financial District cast strong shadows, even in this early afternoon view.
Rivers and parks reduce the effect of the urban heat island - the local zone of higher surface and atmospheric temperatures generated by storage and later release of heat by city materials such as concrete and tarmac. Rivers provide pathways for wind and the cooling effect of parks is detectable by instruments on spacecraft that can measure the temperature of the ground surface. Tall buildings have a more complex effect. Shadowed zones in the "urban canyons" between tall buildings - as shown in this image - receive fewer hours of direct sun per day. But where the sun can reach canyon floors, the sun's energy is reflected back up at the walls of the buildings where it is absorbed and later released as heat. This is especially the case at night when urban canyons retain more heat than those sections of the city with shorter buildings.

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 340k
Mission: ISS039  
Roll - Frame: E - 18538
Geographical Name: USA-NEW YORK  
Center Lat x Lon: 40.7N x 74W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N5
Camera Tilt: 38   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NW   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: 20140505   YYYYMMDD
Time: 195313   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 38.9N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 71.7W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 255   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 223   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 43   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
Water Views: RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views: MANHATTAN  
Photo is not associated with any sequences

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