Picture of the Day – June 22, 2010
GOOD NIGHT FRANCE
Photograph by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
After a disgraceful and embarrassing World Cup tournament, France left South Africa on a coach-class flight home. Read about their disastrous performance here.
About the photograph: City Lights at Night along the France-Italy Border. The brightly lit metropolitan areas of Torino (Italy), Lyon, and Marseille (both in France) stand out amidst numerous smaller urban areas in this dramatic astronaut photograph. The image captures the nighttime appearance of the France-Italy border. The southwestern end of the Alps Mountains separates the two countries. The island of Corsica is visible in the Ligurian Sea to the south (image top).
The full moon reflects brightly on the water surface and also illuminates the tops of low patchy clouds over the border (image center). This image was taken by an International Space Station (ISS) astronaut at approximately 11:55 p.m. local time, when the ISS was located over the France-Belgium border near Luxembourg. The photograph was acquired on April 28, 2010, with a Nikon D3 digital camera.
via NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr
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