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Spacecraft nadir point: 16.8° N, 18.9° E

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Image Caption: Backdropped against the Sudan region of Africa, the Spartan satellite is held in the grasp of the Space Shuttle Discovery's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm. Dust storms can be seen under the RMS in this isolated and arid region of Africa. The region to the left of Spartan is less arid as evidenced by the long, dark linear features, or streams. Cosmonaut Vladimir G. Titov, STS-63 mission specialist, was controlling the the RMS from Discovery's aft flight deck, as a fellow crewmember recorded this 70mm frame with a handheld Hasselblad camera.