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|Description||On February 6th 2003, astronauts aboard the International Space Station looked obliquely down at the steep eastern flank of California’s Sierra Nevada. Even from space the topography is impressive—the range drops nearly 11,000 feet from Mt. Whitney (under cloud, arrow), the highest mountain in the lower 48 states (14,494 ft), to the floor of Owens Valley (the elevation of the town of Lone Pine is 3,760 ft).
Astronaut photograph ISS006-E-24783 was taken February 6, 2003, with an Electronic Still Camera equipped with 180 mm lens and is provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center.The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change. In particular, we hope our site is useful to public media and educators. Any and all materials published on the Earth Observatory are freely available for re-publication or re-use, except where copyright is indicated. We ask that NASA's Earth Observatory be given credit for its original materials.
|Author||Picture prepared for Wikipedia by Adrian Pingstone in November 2003.|
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