June 6, 2011
This 70mm frame was photographed from the Space Shuttle Discovery during the mission. Bare, brown rock and snow-capped Alpine summits in Austria contrast with dark, heavily-wooded upper slopes, the patchy silviculture of lower slopes, and completely farmed plains of Bavaria to the north. The large river is the Inn; Innsbruck is visible within the flat-bottomed, formerly glaciated valley. The new and old airports of Munich are prominent on the flat land to the north. Oberpfaffenhofen, the home of the German Space Agency (DARA), can be picked out west of Munich, south of an autobahn.
Topics: Starnberg district, Oberpfaffenhofen, Munich, German Autobahns, Autobahn, INNSBRUCK, Valley, Geography, CITY, Europe