STS048-77-30

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Spacecraft nadir point: 56.2° S, 64.3° W

Photo center point: 54.5° S, 65.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 315 nautical miles (583km)
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S48-77-030 - Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia

This first-time-ever shot from an American manned spacecraft
shows the southeastern tip of Tierra del Fuego, the southern end
of South America. View is north; snow remains on hills along the
west side of the peninsula (toward the observer). Cabo San Diego
forms the end of the landmass, and Isla Los Estadaos can barely
be seen offshore to the south under clouds. Bahia Valentine, with
a nice sand beach and dune field, are clearly shown.




The Mitre Peninsula is the easternmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, (54.5S, 65.5W). Early winter snow can be seen on this south tip of the Andes Mountains. These same mountains continue underwater to Antarctica. The Strait of Magellan, separating the South American mainland from Tierra del Fuego is off the scene to the north and west, but the Strait of LeMaire, separating Tierra del Fuego from the Isla de los Estados can be seen.