The Miura Peninsula

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the northern part of Japan’s Miura Peninsula, which separates Tokyo Bay from Sagami Bay. A highway runs through the center of the image and connects Yokosuka and Yokohama, two cities in the Greater Tokyo area.

The coves along Sagami Bay are tinged with brown-colored sediment as the waves break close to shore. The darker regions near the center of the Miura Peninsula are heavily forested. Mount Ogusu (Ogusuyama), one of the highest points on the peninsula, is surrounded by parks, trails, a golf course and solar power plants. In the lower right of the image, the port facilities of Yokohama and Yokosuka line the coast and ships linger in Tokyo Bay.

At this focal length, the high spatial resolution of the photograph captures infrastructure and individual buildings near coastlines, roads or valleys. Vehicle and electronics manufacturing are just some of the activities that employ thousands of people in the industrial zones of the Yokosuka and Yokohama area, which has a population of around 680,000.

Photograph of astronaut ISS065-E-236121 was acquired on August 10, 2021 with a Nikon D5 digital camera using a focal length of 1150 millimeters. It is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observation Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at Johnson Space Center. Image was taken by an Expedition 65 crew member. Image has been cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed. The International Space Station program supports the lab as part of the ISS National Laboratory to help astronauts capture images of Earth that will be of the greatest value to scientists and the public, and to render those images freely available on the Internet. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed on the NASA/JSC Gateway to Earth Astronaut Photography. Caption by Sara Schmidt, GeoControl Systems, JETS contract at NASA-JSC.

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