STS045-100-58
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Spacecraft nadir point: 14.2° N, 103.0° E

Photo center point: 13.0° N, 100.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 160 nautical miles (296km)
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STS045-100-058: Bight of Bangkok; Bangkok, Thailand The Bight of
Bangkok and the city of Bangkok, Thailand, are visible in this
west-looking view taken by the STS-45 crew in March 1992. The
city of Bangkok, with an estimated population in excess of 3.7
million people, can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of the
view. The city, famous as a jewelry trading center, dealing in
precious stones and silver and bronze ware, is situated in a vast
lowland. This lowland is a major rice growing area interspersed
with canals used for irrigation and drainage. Rice is a major
export commodity of Thailand. The deforested hills of the Bi-
lauktaung Range can be seen at the top of the view.




The Bight of Bangkok and the city of Bangkok, Thailand are visible in this west looking view. The city, of almost four million people, long famous as a jewelry, silver and bronze ware trading center is also a major rice grower. Situated in a vast lowland ideal for rice agriculture, it is now a major export commodity. The vast network of canals are used for irrigation and drainage and the deforested hills of the Bilauktaung Range are seen nearby.