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Spacecraft nadir point: 47.0° N, 116.1° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption: STS028-090-018 Flathead Lake and Kalispell, Montana, U.S.A. August 1989
Flathead Lake and the valley to the north, part of the southern extension of the Rocky Mountain Trench, are featured in this north-northeast-looking, low-oblique photograph. Formed by glacial damming of the Flathead River during the last ice age, Flathead Lake is 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and 12 to 14 miles (19 to 23 kilometers) wide. Barely discernible is the small city of Kalispell north-northwest of the lake--a tourist center, trade center, and production center for livestock, grain, fruit, timber, and aluminum. Surrounding Kalispell are small Ashley Lake and rectangular Little Bitteroot Lake to the west; Whitefish Lake and smaller Tully Lake to the north; and long, narrow Hungry Horse Reservoir to the east, completed in 1953 and used for hydroelectric power, irrigation, navigation, and recreation. Near the top center of the photograph are Glacier National Park and Lake McDonald.