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The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World's Fair, during which time nearly 20,000 people a day used the elevators, with over 2.3 million visitors in all for the World Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high and 138 feet (42 m) wide at its widest point and weighs 9,550 tons. When it was completed it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h) and earthquakes up to 9.5 magnitude[citation needed] (which would protect the structure against an earthquake as powerful as the 1700 Cascadia earthquake). The tower has 25 lightning rods on its roof to prevent lightning damage.

The Space Needle features an observation deck at 520 feet (160 m), the SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (152 m), and a gift shop. From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing to tower above the rest of the city's skyscrapers, as well as Mount Rainier in the background. This occurs because the tower, which is equivalent in height to a 60-story building, stands roughly four-fifths of a mile (1.3 km) northwest of most downtown skyscrapers.

Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle via elevators that travel at 10 mph (16 km/h). The trip takes 43 seconds, and some tourists wait in hour-long lines in order to ascend to the top of the tower. On windy days, the elevators are slowed down to a speed of 5 mph. The Space Needle was designated a historic landmark on April 19, 1999.

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GPS Location:
Latitude: N 47̊̊̊̊° 37.7807
Longitude: W122° 21.5849
Fix Time: Jul 26, 2008 4:44 AM
Accuracy: 15.0 m
Number of Satellites: 7
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Art-Photo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
This is becoming your signature piece :nod:
Riot23 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wonderful photo! :)

tlbendele Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
great shot... very crisp looking. nice colors and lighting... I like how it looks very natural even though it's HDR.
silivrenwolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous shot of the space needle!
ForgivenDreamSoul Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
Very beautiful picture!!! :heart:
Nightcitylights Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Great shot! And I like it most from the 3 ones...
singingtome Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Photographer
Everytime I drive into the city, I scan the skyline for the space needle. It's my indication that I'm in Seattle, and it always puts a smile on my face. This shot does the same thing :)
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Or just get on DA to get homesick. LOL thanks.
singingtome Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008   Photographer
Lol, it doesn't make me sad, it makes me happy! I've never lived in Seattle, but I love the city. Maybe I'll live there someday...
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You always post great shots of the city sir.
UrbanRural-Photo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome again sir
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Jul 26, 2008, 4:53:53 AM