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Spacecraft nadir point: 18.4° S, 73.5° W

Photo center point: 24.0° S, 70.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 321 nautical miles (594km)
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Image Caption: STS061-101-023

Central Andes. This wide, oblique view (looking southeast) includes
the whole Central Andes region, from the "bend" in the Western South
American coastline (1) and the large Uyuni Salar beneath the Hubble
Telescope (2), the Atacama desert (3), the Altiplano (4), Mt. Lascar
(5) to the Southern Andes (6). The green hazy region east of the
mountains is the forested region of northern Argentina and Bolivia.
Low stratus clouds form over the cold water offshore.

This color photograph is a panoramic (southeastern view) shot that features the northern half of the country of Chile and the Andes Mountains of South America. The Atacama Desert, one of the driest regions on earth, is clearly visible along the northern Chilean coast. The north-south trending spine of the Andes Mountains can be seen on this photograph. Several of the volcanic peaks in this mountain chain exceed 20,000 feet above sea level. Interspersed with these volcanic peaks, numerous dry lake beds (salars) can be seen as highly reflective surfaces. The largest of these salars (Salar de Uyuni) is visible at the edge of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).