STS036-152-119
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Spacecraft nadir point: 33.7° N, 87.0° W

Photo center point: 34.0° N, 87.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 115 nautical miles (213km)
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Image Caption: STS036-152-119 North-Central Alabama, U.S.A. March 1990
This part of north-central Alabama consists of forested, rolling hills (darker features) interspersed with cultivated fields and pasturelands (lighter features). Thin, linear highways, including sections of north-south-oriented Interstate Highway 65, radiate generally northward from Birmingham (bottom center). Visible are large Lewis Smith Lake north-northwest of Birmingham; smaller Bankhead Lake to the west, which resembles a winding river course; and several parallel ridges and intervening valleys of the southern limits of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains to the northeast.