STS098-E-5323
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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.3° N, 80.8° W

Photo center point: 21.5° N, 81.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 203 nautical miles (376km)
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Image Caption: Cayo Largo, Cuba
Off the southwest coast of Cuba, Cayo Largo is one of a chain of 672 cays of the Archipelago de los Canarreos. It is a barrier island with a beach of very fine white sand. The lighter colored water on the bottom half of the picture is the shallow Golfo de Cazones and the darker water on the top half of the picture is the Caribbean Sea, with north toward the bottom of the photo. Between some of the smaller cays and the Caribbean is a shallow area bordered by a barrier reef (right side of the photo). Wetland areas on the gulf side of the islands are important habitats for waterbirds and aquatic life. The exceptional beach and coral reef diving opportunities make this an active tourist destination that is likely to experience further development.