STS050-112-60

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Spacecraft nadir point: 24.0° S, 74.4° W

Photo center point: 24.5° S, 69.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 165 nautical miles (306km)
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Image Caption: This panoramic view of the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina (24.5S, 69.5W) is dominated by the yellows and browns of the coastal Atacama Desert and the full width of the Andes altiplano, about 300 miles. Winter snow can be seen capping the 22,000 to 23,000 ft. peaks of the Andes. Wisps of cirrus clouds lie over the altiplano and offshore fog obscures the coast. In the distance, the low Chaco Plain appears green with pastures and agriculture.