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STS057-99-20
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Spacecraft nadir point: 27.7° S, 14.3° E

Photo center point: 26.0° S, 15.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 256 nautical miles (474km)
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Image Caption: STS-57 Earth observation taken aboard Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, is of the coast of the Namib Desert. This northeast-looking view shows the distinctive yellow, parallel dunes of the Namib Sand Sea in the foreground under OV-105's tail. The largest harbor on the Atlantic coast is Walvis Bay. A small piece of south African territory surrounded by the newly independent country, Walvis Bay is Namibia's major port. On the dune-free flats directly inland from Walvis Bay, large reserves of near-surface uranium have been discovered. The world's largest open-pit uranium mine, the Rossing Mine, has attracted workers from all parts of Namibia. Of special interest for this mission is the unusual occurrence of blowing dust offshore (orange patch over the sea). In what was a mission dominated by episodes of blowing dust, this is another example showing how windy the Earth is at present. This large view from a higher-than-usual altitude includes the large oval patch of the Etosha dry lake n