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Spacecraft nadir point: 49.9° S, 63.9° W

Photo center point: 48.5° S, 65.0° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 211 nautical miles (391km)
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Image Caption: STS088-720-20 Plankton off Southern Argentina December 1998
A large, multi-colored plankton bloom was observed and photographed by the STS-88 crew in
the South Atlantic Ocean, off the southern coast of Argentina. The bloom could mark
productive waters that support regional fisheries. Such blooms are difficult to observe and
map from the surface; the view from space provides the larger coverage necessary for
regional observations.