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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.6° S, 15.3° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 187 nautical miles (346km)
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Image Caption: This 70mm cargo bay scene, backdropped against a desert area of Namibia, typifies the view seen by the ASTRO-2 crew members during their almost 17 days aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Positioned on the Spacelab pallet amidst other hardware, the ASTRO-2 payload is in its operational mode. Visible here are the Instrument Pointing System (IPS), Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT), Star Tracker (ST), Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT), Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE), and Integrated Radiator System (IRS). At this angle, the Optical Sensor Package (OSP) is not seen. The Igloo, which supports the package of experiments, is in center foreground. Two Get-Away Specials (GAS) canisters are in lower left foreground. The Extended Duration Orbiter (EDO) pallet, located aft of the cargo bay, is obscured by the ASTRO-2 payload. The Endeavour is 190 nautical miles above the Earth.