STS031-80-88

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Spacecraft nadir point: 22.8° N, 122.4° E

Photo center point: 13.0° N, 120.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 334 nautical miles (619km)
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Image Caption: In this north to south view of the Island of Luzon, Philippines (13.0N, 120.0E), the prominent Cordillera Central mountain range where gold, copper and silver are mined. The several large rivers that drain this region normally carry a heavy silt load to the sea but the absence of sediment plumes in this view is evidence of hot dry weather and lack of recent rains. Manila, the capital city is just visible at the south end of the island.