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Spacecraft nadir point: 33.6° N, 104.7° W

Photo center point: 33.0° N, 106.5° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 204 nautical miles (378km)
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Image Caption: White Sands, New Mexico, USA. An excellent shot showing parabolic dunes of the field. Alamogordo and the Shuttle landing strip can also be seen. The sand is unusual because of composition - calcium sulphate (gypsum) rather than quartz. Gypsum is leached from older rocks of the surrounding San Andres Mountains, precipitated in playa lakes near the mountain base, and then remobilized as broken crystals during dry periods.