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Photo-iss037e000719
International Space Station Imagery
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
high res (1.2 M) low res (90 K)
ISS037-E-000719 (13 Sept. 2013) --- Samarkand, Uzbekistan is featured in this image photographed by one of the Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station. The historical Silk Road provided trade routes between Asia and Europe as far back as 208 BC according to historical accounts. And, parts of the Silk Road are still used for the transport of goods today. The city of Samarkand is one of the oldest and historically most important cities along the road, occupying a central position between China and the western nationas of Europe, Today, Samarkand is the second largest city in the Republic of Uzbekistan (formed in 1991). The urban area (center) is located within a large oasis situated in the Zerafshan River Valley of southeastern Uzbekistan.

Curator: JSC PAO Web Team | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 09/27/2013
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