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STS088-706-20
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Spacecraft nadir point: 43.9° S, 71.6° W

Photo center point: 41.0° S, 71.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 163 nautical miles (302km)
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Image Caption: The top half of the view shows the ridge crests and valleys of the southern Andes
Mountains. This part of the view appears dark due to shadow in the valleys. The
summits appear as angular, light-colored treeless ridges, with a patch of white snow top
left. Curved Lake Nahuel Huapi is the dark finger top center. This lake depression was
eroded by glacier ice moving east (from the mountains at the top of the view towards the
Patagonian plains bottom) during the geologically recent ice ages when the Andes were
covered with snow and ice caps far larger than those of today. The small gray city on the
left (south) side edge of the lake (left center) is the well-known resort of San Carlos de
Bariloche. The Rio Limay appears bottom right, and flows off the southern
Andes Mts., through the arid lands of Patagonia to the Atlantic Ocean.