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Spacecraft nadir point: 37.0° N, 86.8° W

Photo center point: 35.1° N, 90.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 220 nautical miles (407km)
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Image Caption: Memphis, Tennessee

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this detailed image of the city known as
Bluff City because of its location on high bluffs well above flood levels of the Mississippi River. The city center appears as a light gray tone facing a broad bend of the brown Mississippi River. Surrounding suburbs are green and distinctly darker. Cutting the grid of the city street pattern are major roads that radiate from the city center. The runway of a local airport appears top left next to the river.

Memphis lies where Tennessee adjoins Arkansas and Mississippi, and the population of greater Memphis (1.34 million) sprawls into these neighboring states, well beyond the area shown in this image. The city is a major regional transportation hub, with barge traffic on the river (barges can be seen in this image opposite Mud Island) and several Interstate highways passing through it. Bridges for two interstates cross the river, and their shadows even appear in this detailed view (for scale, the Interstate 55 bridge is 0.7 miles long). The low country opposite the city center is dominated by agricultural fields and the broad sweep of ancient meanders of the Mississippi River. Little Rock, Arkansas is a city on the opposite side of the Mississippi valley with a similar location on bluffs overlooking meander scars of the Arkansas River, a major tributary of the Mississippi River.