STS098-819-38
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Spacecraft nadir point: 21.4° N, 101.9° W

Photo center point: 29.5° N, 95.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 204 nautical miles (378km)
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Image Caption: Houston, Texas
The focus of this image is the Texas coastal plain that includes the landscape south and east of downtown Houston. Major ground transportation routes radiate in all directions from the highly reflective Central Business District (left middle edge of image). The petrochemical corridor that extends eastward from the downtown area along the Houston Ship Channel and the petrochemical facilities in Texas City (southeast of downtown Houston) are two of the more prominent industrial areas that are recognizable on this image. In addition to the manmade features several natural features are discernable. Turbid Galveston Bay has a dredged ship channel that provides access to the Port of Houston. Major water bodies including Lake Houston, a major source for Houston's drinking water (near upper left corner of the image), and Lake Anahuac (near the upper right corner) that are also an integral component of the surface hydrology of east Houston. The channel entrance into Galveston Bay is visible along the eastern end of Galveston Island and the western end of the Bolivar Peninsula (right middle edge of image).