STS045-32-7
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STS045-32-007: Aurora With Orbiter An active auroral display is
viewed across the payload bay of Atlantis. The multiple auroral
arcs are indicative of magnetic substorms caused by the interven-
tion of the solar wind with the EarthUs magnetosphere. The red
and green colors are caused by emissions from different atmos-
pheric gases. This photograph was acquired while the Space Shut-
tle was over the South Atlantic Ocean on revolution 65.




STS-45 Earth observation taken onboard Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, is of an active auroral display. The multiple auroral arcs are indicative of magnetic substorms caused by the intervention of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere. The red and green colors are caused by emissions from different atmospheric gases. This photograph was acquired while OV-104 was over the South Atlantic Ocean on revolution 65. Barely visible in the foreground is the dark payload bay, OV-104's left wing tip, the orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods, and the vertical tail.