STS046-71-14

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Spacecraft nadir point: 23.7° S, 39.6° W

Photo center point: 28.0° N, 176.0° W

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Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 231 nautical miles (428km)
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Image Caption: Pearl and Hermes Reef (28.0N, 176.0W) in the Hawaiian Island Chain, are seen with several small sandy islands, forming an atoll that caps a seamount on the long chain that extends some 1,500 miles northwestward from the more familiar Hawaiian Islands proper. Pearl and Hermes Reef lies about 100 miles southeast of Midway island. A reticulate network of coral patch reefs separates the lagoon into more or less isolated pools.