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Spacecraft nadir point: 39.0° N, 75.2° W

Photo center point: 39.5° N, 74.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 144 nautical miles (267km)
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Image Caption: STS073-705-055 Atlantic City Area, New Jersey, U.S.A October 1995
Although the city is not discernible, the famous seaside resort city, Atlantic City, is located in the midst of the light-colored feature in the center of the picture. The location of Atlantic City can be ascertained by noting the several highways (thin, light-colored lines) that converge on the bright area and by looking at the general drainage patterns, including the two most prominent rivers (dark features)-the Mullica River north of Atlantic City and the Great Egg Harbor River south of the city. The extent of the barrier island beach is marked by the almost straight, naturally occurring, northeast-southwest line that extends across the image. A cross section of the landscape from the Atlantic Ocean inland is made up of extensive sandy beaches (light colored); sand dunes; barrier flats; salt marshes; and lagoons. Northwest of the barrier island beaches the land becomes more elevated and forested.