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STS088-724-64
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Spacecraft nadir point: 11.1° N, 144.2° W

Photo center point: 34.5° N, 135.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391km)
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Image Caption: This photograph shows the major cities of the Kansai region which includes seven
Japanese prefectures. This area has been a political and cultural center of Japan
for many centuries. The cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe are all located in the
photograph. Centered at the mouth of the Yodagawa River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is
home to about 2.5 million people. Moving right (east) from the main river mouth,
the squared E-shaped landfills mark the port areas of Kobe, center of the tragic
Southern Hyogo Earthquake (Great Hanshin Earthquake) in January 1995. Across the
bay from Kobe, a bridge connects the mainland to Kansai International Airport.