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Spacecraft nadir point: 16.9° N, 74.1° W

Photo center point: 25.0° N, 76.5° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 317 nautical miles (587km)
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Image Caption: The high altitude of STS-103 enabled the crew to obtain this panoramic view of some of
the islands of the Bahamas. The Bahamas are an archipelago that comprises nearly 700
islands and cays, only 30 of which are inhabited. The Bahamas were created from
shallow water calcium carbonate deposits that have precipitated out of the water column
and grown over the highest elevations of the submerged Bahama banks. At least three
types of underwater communities exist here, soft coral and sponge reefs, sandy bottom
communities, and hard corals. Stresses to the reefs include overfishing, coastal
development and population growth, and poorly managed boating, diving, and increased