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Spacecraft nadir point: 38.3° N, 75.7° W

Photo center point: 36.0° N, 77.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 115 nautical miles (213km)
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Image Caption: STS059-208-068 Pamlico Sound Area, North Carolina, U.S.A. April 1994
A large section of the coastal plains immediately west of Cape Hatteras ( just off the picture, center left) is visible in this low oblique, southerly view. Most of Pamlico Sound, the large body of water that is protected by the linear barrier islands that extend along most of the North Carolina coastline, can be seen along the left side of the picture. The two easily identified capes, Lookout and Fear, are the V-shaped promontories that extend seaward into the Atlantic Ocean (near top of picture). The floodplains (dark green linear features near center of image) of the Chowan and Roanoke Rivers can also be traced across the landscape as they both empty into Albemarle Sound. Albemarle Sound can be identified as the light colored feature caused by the suns reflection off of the surface of the water (known as sunglint or sun glitter). The uniformly, dark rectangular feature is the densely wooded Great Dismal Swamp (bottom center).