STS035-84-6

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Spacecraft nadir point: 20.8° S, 150.8° E

Photo center point: 19.7° S, 149.3° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 188 nautical miles (348km)
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Image Caption: This detailed view of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (19.5S, 149.5E) shows several small patch reefs within the overall reef system. The Great Barrier Reef, largest in the world, comprises thousands of individual reefs of great variety and are closely monitored by marine ecologists. These reefs are about 6000 years old and sit on top of much older reefs. The most rapid coral growth occurs on the landward side of the reefs.