STS065-96-48

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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.6° N, 94.7° E

Photo center point: 27.5° N, 94.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 159 nautical miles (294km)
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Image Caption: STS-65 Earth observation taken aboard Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, is of the Brahmaputra River in Northeast India. The Brahmaputra River is a highly braided, meandering river with innumerable river islands, alluvial fans, sand bars, ox-bow lakes, and marshes. The valley is built by deposition of alluvium upon a sag formed during the period of the rise of the Himalaya. The Brahmaputra has more than 35 major tributaries. During the rainy season (June-September), the Brahmaputra is rendering an enormous slow moving lake. Floods are an annual menace to agriculture and settlements in the valley. Vast amounts of silt and debris, already a problem, are increased many folds with continuing deforestation of the mountain slopes.