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Spacecraft nadir point: 44.8° N, 143.5° E

Photo center point: 43.5° N, 141.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 169 nautical miles (313km)
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STS047-90-077, 078 SAPPORO, Hokkaido, Japan. The city of Sapporo
is visible in some detail as the gray area against the mountains.
Surrounding low country is intensively exploited for agriculture.
The agriculture is located mainly in the large valley of the
Ishikari River which can be seen winding through the fields. The
river injects a prominent sediment plume into the Ishikari-wan

The city of Sapporo on the northernmost of the Japanese Home Island of Hokkaido (43.5N, 141.5E), host to the 1986 Winter Olympic Games is situated along the margin of a large valley which extends across the island from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific Ocean. The Valley is largely cultivated (the lighter green of the cultivated land distinguishes it from the gray urban development of Sapporo), but much of the island remains heavily forested.