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Spacecraft nadir point: 33.1° N, 44.8° E

Photo center point: 37.0° N, 46.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 152 nautical miles (282km)
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Image Caption: Kurdistan (eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, & northwestern Iran)

Lake Urmia (Orumiyeh) in the high desert palteau of northwest Iran dominates the center of the northeast-looking view. The left edge of the view cuts Lake Van in eastern Turkey. The Caucasus mountains in war-torn Georgia appear just beyond. Mount Ararat is a major peak north of Lake Van. The Caspian Sea, an international body of water, stretches across the top right of the view. Countries bordering the Caspian are Iran in the south, Kazakhstan in the west, and Russia and Azerbaijan in the west. The shuttle stabilizer, OMS pods and open payload bay can also be seen just above the horizon.