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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS043-E-156572 Date: Apr. 2015
Geographic Region: USA-COLORADO

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  Greater Denver and the Front Range, Colorado

Astronauts on board the International Space Station recognized the smooth, broad bend that separates mountains and plains as the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. This sudden break between plains and mountains makes Denver one of the most spectacular cities in the US. Here canyons cut through the snow-covered mountains to the plains. Boulder Canyon has provided water to the city of Boulder, and tourists exploring the Rocky Mountains pass through Idaho Springs in the Clear Creek valley (image top and top right). The ten urban counties centered on Denver have an estimated population of 2.7 million.

The plains fronting the mountains are now heavily populated in a series of cities centered on Denver. The rectangular plat of highways and main roads of this extensive cityscape has a blocky appearance --a pattern that has spread southward more than 25 miles (40 km) to the wooded hills south of the town of Parker (image left). Rich farmland competes with city landuse areas north of Denver in the fertile Platte River valley and surrounding plains (image lower right). This intensively farmed area appears from space as a pattern of numerous smaller plots. Less intensive landuse areas such as spring and winter wheat are marked by much larger plots of land, as seen around Denver's international airport (image lower left).

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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 117k
Mission: ISS043  
Roll - Frame: E - 156572
Geographical Name: USA-COLORADO  
Center Lat x Lon: 39.8N x 105.1W
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: 34   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 140  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   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: 20150429   YYYYMMDD
Time: 165833   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 38.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 107.1W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 122   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 214   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 53   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: RANGE, VALLEY  
Water Views: RIVER  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: AIRPORT  
City Views: DENVER  
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