STS098-E-5327
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Spacecraft nadir point: 33.0° N, 75.6° W

Photo center point: 28.5° N, 80.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 202 nautical miles (374km)
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Image Caption: John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Located on Merritt Island along the east coast of Florida, two of NASA's Space Shuttle launch sites, roughly oval-shaped area, are visible (slightly above and left of center). The launch pads are connected by specially prepared roadway to the Vehicle Assembly Building (highly reflective area slightly above and right of center). The Vehicle Assembly Building also has a roadway that connects with a narrow, linear, highly reflective feature north of the VAB site, the Shuttle Landing Facility. This runway serves as the primary landing site for all returning Space Shuttle missions. Several roads (light-colored linear features) can be identified as they cross the flat, generally swampy and vegetated terrain in and around the Kennedy Space Center. Besides the Atlantic Ocean (left) two other recognizable water features can be discriminated: the southern end of Mosquito Lagoon (center lower left) and a small segment of the Banana River (lower right corner of the image). The large light-colored area near the upper right corner of the image is the Kennedy Space Center Industrial Area.