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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS131-E-11827 Date: Apr. 2010
Geographic Region: CHINA
Feature: TIBETAN PLATEAU, HIMALAYA MOUNTAIN RANGE, GLACIERS

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  Orbital View of Earth from Docked Shuttle Discovery

The International Space Station orbits 354 kilometers (220 miles) above the Earth, completing one trip around the globe every 92 minutes. Cruising along at 27,700 km (17,200 miles) per hour, the astronauts experience 15 or 16 sunrises and -sets every day. Since the launch of the Zarya Control Module on November 20, 1998, the station has orbited the Earth over 66,500 times (as of June 27, 2010). The station’s orbit is inclined to the equator by 51.65°, meaning at its most northerly, it is at the latitude of London, England, and at it most southerly it is over the latitude of the Falkland Islands.

This view features the lake-studded Tibetan Plateau (image center) and the glaciers of the Himalayan Mountains (image top). Smoke-shrouded lowlands hug the southern margin of the Himalaya at image top left.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 179k
Mission: STS131  
Roll - Frame: E - 11827
Geographical Name: CHINA  
Features: TIBETAN PLATEAU, HIMALAYA MOUNTAIN RANGE, GLACIERS  
Center Lat x Lon: 31.5N x 85.5E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
 
Camera: N3
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 22  
 
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: 107  
 
Date: 20100412   YYYYMMDD
Time: 053402   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 26.2N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 82.6E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 140   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 183   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 68   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: GLOBE, PLATEAU  
Water Views: LAKE  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE  
Man Made Views:  
City Views:  
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