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London from the ISS
April 17, 2003

This constellation of city lights surrounds London, England, planet Earth, as recorded with a digital camera from the International Space Station. Taken in February, 2003, north is toward the top and slightly left in this nighttime view. The encircling "London Orbital" highway by-pass, the M25, is easiest to pick out south of the city. Even farther south are the lights of Gatwick airport and just inside the western (left hand) stretch of the Orbital is Heathrow airport. The darkened Thames river estuary fans out to the city’s east. Two small dark areas - Hyde Park and Regents Park - stand out slightly west of the densely packed lights at the city’s core.


image: International Space Station Crew, Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Lab, Johnson Space Center, NASA





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