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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS042-E-117496 Date: Jan. 2015
Geographic Region: USA-CALIFORNIA

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  San Diego, California

Astronauts flying in the International Space Station took this detailed image of California's southernmost coastal city that occupies all the land area in this image. The mouth of San Diego Bay (image left), between North Island and the Point Loma peninsula is just over a kilometer wide. Despite some thin cloud visible over the recurved bay, the image shows port facilities and the San Diego International Airport near the bay (image upper margin) in excellent detail. The characteristically curved Coronado peninsula (also termed North Island, image center) is a well-known landmark for astronauts, and is home to the Naval Air Station North Island, the largest aerospace employer in San Diego. The US West Coast fleet is based further up the bay at Naval Base San Diego, whose thirteen very long piers host the naval ships. Numerous civilian pleasure craft occupy the piers at Shelter Island near the mouth of the bay and at Harbor Island next to the International airport.
Shadows mark the downtown high-rise buildings in this midday shot. Further inland, in the landscapes dominated by suburban dwellings, only the finger-like network of canyon cliffs cast shadows. The local interstate highway arcs around the city center, with several other highway curves visible in this regularly-gridded urban landscape. The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge links the mainland to the peninsula. The rocky coast near Point Loma (image upper left) is jagged by comparison to the smooth curve of the sandy beach (lower part of the image).
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 128k
Mission: ISS042  
Roll - Frame: E - 117496
Geographical Name: USA-CALIFORNIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 32.7N x 117.2W
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera: N6
Camera Tilt: 10   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 800  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: S   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: 20150110   YYYYMMDD
Time: 202029   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 33.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 116.9W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 187   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 218   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Water Views: BAY  
Atmosphere Views:  
City Views: SAN DIEGO  
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