STS057-72-52

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Spacecraft nadir point: 27.0° N, 81.4° W

Photo center point: 28.5° N, 80.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 221 nautical miles (409km)
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Image Caption: STS-57 Earth observation taken aboard Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, is of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Even though it contains a large number of wispy cirrus clouds, this photograph of KSC and environs clearly reveals many significant features. Mosquito Lagoon, an elongated body of water, can be seen just to the north of the KSC site. The Indian River and the much shorter Banana River are seen. The Florida mainland is connected to the narrow barrier island by many causeways and bridges. The ocean front communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach extend southward from KSC. Within the space center, launch pads, shuttle servicing facilities and the administration building are clearly visible. The shuttle landing facility (SLF) is seen immediately northwest of the main KSC complex.