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The Grand Traverse Area
The Grand Traverse area as seen from space, including Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. Modified image © 2006 Perfect Sync.

This photo was taken by an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the late autumn of 2002.
The northern tip of the Old Mission Peninsula is located in the very center of the photo.
The 18-mile peninsula appears to run diagonally in this photo but actually runs north/south,
parallel to the larger Leelanau Peninsula. The lighthouse at the tip of the
Old Mission Peninsula is located almost exactly on the 45th parallel,
halfway between the equator and the north pole.

Grand Traverse Bay is divided by the Old Mission peninsula into East Bay and West Bay.
Lake Michigan is visible along the top of the photo. Lake Michigan is one of the Great Lakes.

Traverse City is located in the lower-left of the photo, at the base of the Old Mission Peninsula.
TC is voted among the ten best something in the USA nearly every year. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,
voted The Most Beautiful Place in America, is partially visible in the very top-left of the photo.

If you're not from around here, the A in Traverse is pronounced
like the A in CAT, and the emphasis is on the first syllable.

TRAverse not truhVERSE.

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UPDATED 25 OCT 2012 EP    


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