City and East Coast City Lights
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lights along the coastline and interior delineate the eastern coast
of the United States in the darkness. Known as the "city that never
sleeps," New York City with its population of 8,008,278 (2000) is
the largest and brightest metropolitan area along the coast. The
metropolitan area straddles the Hudson River and spreads eastward
over western Long Island. The second largest city in this image
taken by the astronauts of the International Space Station is Philadelphia.
One of the most historic of U.S. cities, Philadelphia is the place
where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
The crew of
the International Space Station took this image from a vantage point
well to the northwest with the camera pointed back towards New York
City and the coast. The result is that the perspective is highly
distorted but still recognizable. Low clouds have formed over the
waters of the Atlantic and have settled into some of the valleys
of the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest.
with a Nikon D1 digital camera and is provided by the Earth Sciences
and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
Gateway to Astronaut Photography