STS048-71-54
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Spacecraft nadir point: 55.1° S, 75.5° E

Photo center point: 53.0° S, 73.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 299 nautical miles (554km)
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Image Caption:
S48-71-54. Heard Island. A first, this photograph of Heard Is-
land in the south Indian Ocean views the eastern part of this
two-lobed island. The large, active but quiet volcano, Big Ben,
forms the bulk of the island. A smaller peak, Anzac, comprises
the north-west lobe of the island. The island is uninhabited, but
supports a small, seasonal marine research station (study of
seals, penguins, other birds). The island, on the Antarctic
Plate, is snow covered from April through November. It is part
of the Kuerguelen-Heard hot spot.