STS097-351-12
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Spacecraft nadir point: 4.4° N, 3.5° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 197 nautical miles (365km)
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Image Caption: These two images were taken 9 seconds apart as the STS-97 Space Shuttle flew over equatorial Africa east of Lake Volta on December 11, 2000. The top of the large thunderstorm, roughly 20 km across, is illuminated by a full moon and frequent bursts of lightning. Because the Space Shuttle travels at about 7 km/sec, the astronaut perspectives on this storm system becomes more oblique over the 9-second interval between photographs. The images were taken with a Nikon 35 mm camera equipped with a 400 mm lens and high-speed (800 ISO) color negative film.

Images are STS097-351-9 and STS097-351-12.

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