Washington, DC is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 13 crewmember on the International Space Station on May 2, 2006. George Washington not only served as the namesake for the capital city of the United States, he also chose its location, perhaps envisioning the transportation possibilities that the Potomac River flowing past the site would provide. Early on, the city saw conflict; in the War of 1812, British forces invaded and burned several public buildings. The Civil War marked the beginning of the city’s transformation from a provincial town to a world center of culture, history, and political energy during the 20th century. According to the Census Bureau, the District of Columbia, which comprises the city of Washington, supported a population of more than half a million inhabitants in 2003.  This picture was taken as the International Space Station passed over the western border of Maryland and West Virginia. The resolution and extent of the true-color, handheld image is similar to the 15-meter-per-pixel data obtained by sensors onboard the unmanned Landsat-7 and Terra satellites. This resolution is sufficient to capture the sun reflecting off the Capitol Building's dome. Other major landmarks that are visible include the Washington Monument, the Pentagon (bottom left, southwest of the Potomac River), and the Lincoln Memorial, along the northwest bank of the Potomac..Credit: NASA via CNP
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Washington, DC from ISS
Washington, DC is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 13 crewmember on the International Space Station on May 2, 2006. George Washington not only served as the namesake for the capital city of the United States, he also chose its location, perhaps envisioning the transportation possibilities that the Potomac River flowing past the site would provide. Early on, the city saw conflict; in the War of 1812, British forces invaded and burned several public buildings. The Civil War marked the beginning of the city’s transformation from a provincial town to a world center of culture, history, and political energy during the 20th century. According to the Census Bureau, the District of Columbia, which comprises the city of Washington, supported a population of more than half a million inhabitants in 2003. This picture was taken as the International Space Station passed over the western border of Maryland and West Virginia. The resolution and extent of the true-color, handheld image is similar to the 15-meter-per-pixel data obtained by sensors onboard the unmanned Landsat-7 and Terra satellites. This resolution is sufficient to capture the sun reflecting off the Capitol Building's dome. Other major landmarks that are visible include the Washington Monument, the Pentagon (bottom left, southwest of the Potomac River), and the Lincoln Memorial, along the northwest bank of the Potomac..Credit: NASA via CNP

Filename: 050206Washington,_DC.jpg
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Date: 2 May 2006
Location: In Earth Orbit
Credit: NASA via CNP
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