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STS048-603-25
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Spacecraft nadir point: 36.4° N, 119.8° W

Photo center point: 35.0° N, 118.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 307 nautical miles (569km)
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Image Caption: S48-603-25: Mojave Desert. The western Mojave desert is neatly defined by the sharp fault boundaries of the Garlock fault in the north, and the San Andreas fault in the southwest. The Mojave it- self is a down-dropped block with internal drainage within these boundaries. During wetter climates in the Pleistocene, large lakes ponded, and after they dried, left the large playas (like Rogers Playa) which have extremely flat surfaces. As with other photographs of the American west, the extremely low light highlights the topography along the two faults.