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Spacecraft nadir point: 30.4° N, 94.7° W

Photo center point: 30.0° N, 95.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328km)
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Image Caption: STS61A-048-0076 North Houston and Lake Houston, Texas, U.S.A. November 1985
The runways of George Bush Intercontinental Airport are visible in this south-southwest-looking, low-oblique photograph. Fed and drained by the San Jacinto River, sediment-laden Lake Houston, east of the airport, supplies approximately half of the drinking water for Houston and surrounding communities. The large amount of sediment in the lake is the result of clearing land for new communities north of Houston along the San Jacinto River. North and northwest Houston were the fastest growing areas for housing and population at the time this photograph was taken. Radiating outward from Houston are north-south-oriented Interstate Highway 45 and north-northeast-trending U.S. Highway 59.