STS068-269-4

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Spacecraft nadir point: 56.4° N, 62.2° E

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Image Caption: STS068-269-004 Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) Russia October 1994
The Russian city of Yekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), with more than 1 million people on the eastern flank of the Ural Mountains, is a regional service center for the wide range of minerals extracted from the Urals. Linear features radiate in all directions from the city--railroads; highways; pipelines; dual runways of a large airport southeast of the city; and power line rights-of-way, especially in the wide swath southwest of the city. Yekaterinburg serves as the western terminus for the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Visible are two smaller cities--Verkhnyaya Pyshma and Berezovskiy--north and northeast, respectively, and numerous lakes. The region (latitude 57 degrees north) has a relatively short growing season; however, cultivated field patterns are discernible in the area.