STS106-314-23
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Spacecraft nadir point: 37.1° N, 88.4° E

Photo center point: 42.0° N, 82.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 204 nautical miles (378km)
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Image Caption: Source: Julie A. Robinson
International Space Station over the Tarim Basin
The three modules of the International Space Station (Zarya, Unity and
Zvezda) are in orbit 204 nautical miles over the Taklimakan Desert of
northern China. Beyond the desert lie the snowcrested Tien Shan
mountains, erosion of these mountains produces dark-colored alluvial
fans at the north edge of the tan-colored desert. The long, narrow lake
seen far away at the horizon is Lake Balkash, Kazakhstan.