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Spacecraft nadir point: 34.8° N, 118.3° W

Photo center point: 35.0° N, 118.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 142 nautical miles (263km)
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Image Caption: STS073-760-026 Rogers Dry Lake, California, U.S.A. October 1995
Highly reflective Rogers Dry Lake, near the center of the photograph, is composed of a hard clay surface so strong that the NASA fleet of Space Shuttles uses this facility as an alternate landing site. Discernible are several manmade features surrounding the lake--one of the major runways of Edwards Air Force Base, west of the lake; California Highway 58, the thin east-west artery to the north; borax mining and mineral extraction plants to the northeast; light and dark field patterns of irrigated agriculture to the south and southwest; and Rosamond Dry Lake to the southwest.