STS046-104-90

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Spacecraft nadir point: 25.5° S, 68.1° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 126 nautical miles (233km)
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Image Caption: This view of the Andean Altiplano in northwest Argentina (25.5S, 68.0W) is dominated by heavily eroded older and inactive volcano peaks. Snow is more apparent on the south faces of the slopes where the sunlight is less direct and therefore, cooler. The Altiplano is a high altitude cold desert like the Tibetan Plateau but smaller in area. It is the inland extension of the hyperarid Atacama Desert of the west coast of South America.