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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS051-E-13055 Date: Apr. 2017
Geographic Region: BELGIUM
Feature: ZEEBRUGGE, LISSEWEGE, PORT, LNG TERMINAL, KNOKKE HEIST, BLANKENBERGE

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  Image Caption: Zeebrugge, Belgium

Looking down on the narrow seas between Europe and England, an astronaut took this photograph of the small town of Zeebrugge, one of Europe's most important modern ports. This Belgian town has just 4,000 inhabitants, but it takes 11,000 people to operate the port, so workers stream in from neighboring coastal towns such as Knokke-Heist, Heist-aan-Zee, and Blankenberge.

Zeebrugge is a town of superlatives. It is the world's largest port for the import and export of new vehicles, with more than 1.6 million handled in 2010. Zeebrugge is also the site of Europe's largest liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal, receiving the gas via an undersea pipeline from the North Sea.

The port at Zeebrugge accommodates "ultra-large" container ships, so it is one of the most important European hubs for containerized cargo. The most important function of the port is intense "RoRo traffic" (roll-on roll-off) between cities on the Continent, Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Southern Europe. The port handles more than 2.5 million standard containers (TEUs) and 50 million tonnes of cargo each year.

Being close to the United Kingdom, the coastal town also functions as a passenger ferry terminal. It attracts tourists to its cruise ships as well as its beaches, which are well developed north of the harbor in Albertstrand. Zeebrugge is also Belgium's most important fishing port, and its wholesale fish market is one of the largest in Europe.

Hundreds of years ago, an arm of the sea extended well inland as far as the village of Damme, which acted as a port for centuries. When this inlet silted up, Zeebrugge became the port for the famous historical inland city of Bruges (just outside the lower right of the photo) with which it is still connected by a straight canal. Zeebrugge means Bruges by the sea.

 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 422k
Mission: ISS051  
Roll - Frame: E - 13055
Geographical Name: BELGIUM  
Features: ZEEBRUGGE, LISSEWEGE, PORT, LNG TERMINAL, KNOKKE HEIST, BLANKENBERGE  
Center Lat x Lon: 51.3N x 3.2E
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: 32   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 1150  
 
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
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Date: 20170413   YYYYMMDD
Time: 144323   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 49.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 4.5E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 239   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 213   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 35   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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