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Spacecraft nadir point: 34.6° N, 86.5° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 145 nautical miles (269km)
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Image Caption: STS073-746-056 Tennessee River, North-Central Alabama, U.S.A. October 1995
This portion of the west-flowing Tennessee River widens as a result of Wheeler Dam that created Wheeler Lake east of Florence (not in this photograph). Barely discernible are Decatur along the south bank of the Tennessee River (near the bottom) and Huntsville to the northeast, whose eastward growth is severely limited by low, north-south-oriented mountains. Two highway bridges cross the Tennessee River near Decatur--easternmost Interstate Highway 65 and thin, light Interstate Highway 565 that connects Decatur and Huntsville. Visible are the dual runways of Huntsville-Madison County Airport (slightly left of center) midway between Huntsville and Decatur. Color infrared film (green vegetation is shown in various shades of red) helps delineate forested mountains, stream bottoms, and woodlands (deeper red) from lighter cultivated fields and grasslands.