STS059-209-81
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Spacecraft nadir point: 46.7° N, 73.2° E

Photo center point: 47.0° N, 75.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 119 nautical miles (220km)
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Image Caption: Lake Balkhash, in eastern Kazakhstan, is some 300 miles long. The lake is seen frozen in this scene. The shape of the lake is controlled by the delta of the Ili River, which flows from the Tien Shan Mountains in western China across this arid steppe. Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) scientists will use radar data to study the microwave effects of differences in soil moisture, and in freezing or thawing, on the deltaic sediments.