Chicago Night Lights from the International Space Station!"Chicago is one of America’s most thriving and spectacular cities. Spanning 22 miles along the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, the city itself holds nearly 2.9 million people and sits in the center of a metropolitan area containing more than 8 million."John Kinzie founded the city after buying a trading post from the French on Lake Michigan in 1673. The city was first incorporated in 1837 and grew to encompass an area of four square miles before being consumed in 1871 by the Great Chicago Fire. Fortunately, the residents stayed on after the fire and rebuilt the city out of brick and steel instead of wood. Thanks in part to its strategic location on Lake Michigan and a railroad strike in nearby St. Louis in the early twentieth century, Chicago grew to become the third largest city in the United States.Chicago, Illinois, is home to roughly three million people, but the wider metropolitan area includes nearly 10 million.This image was taken on October 7, 2003, with a 50 mm lens.
Instrument: ISS - Digital Camera
Credit: Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
Johnson Space Center
Text and captions by Cynthia A. Evans and William L. Stefanov, NASA-JSC+NASA +Johnson Space Center#Earth #USA #America #Chicago #Illinois #ISS #NASA #Night #Light #City #Urban