STS098-714A-20
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Spacecraft nadir point: 32.3° N, 123.3° W

Photo center point: 34.5° N, 119.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 202 nautical miles (374km)
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Image Caption: Southern California
Snow blanketing the higher elevations in the Los Padres National Forest (center of the image) and Angeles National Forest (right middle) helps to accentuate and separate three major landform regions in southern California. The northern Los Angeles Basin that includes the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains is visible in the lower right quadrant of the image. The western end of the Mojave Desert (upper right) shows the two distinctive mountain boundaries along the southwest and northwest edge of the desert. The San Andreas Fault and the Garlock Fault converge (snow covered in this scene) at the western end of the desert. The intensively irrigated and cultivated southern end of the San Joaquin Valley that includes Bakersfield is visible (upper left) north of the snow-covered, northeast-southwest trending Tehachapi Mountains. The island off of the California coast (bottom left) is Santa Cruz Island.