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STS-99 Shuttle Mission Imagery

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S99-E-5033 (12 February 2000)--- The 200 ft.-long mast supporting the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission juts into space from the Space Shuttle Endeavour (out of frame at left). The giant structure was deployed earlier today and the antennae on it quickly went to work mapping parts of Earth. By the time members of Endeavour's Red Team had reached lunchtime on this first full day in space for the SRTM, the radar antennae in the payload bay and at the end of long mast had mapped about 1.7 million square miles (4.5 million square kilometers) of the Earth's surface, or the equivalent of about half the area of the United States. This photograph was taken with an electronic still camera (ESC) by a crew member inside Endeavour's cabin.

Curator: JSC PAO Web Team | Responsible NASA Official: Amiko Kauderer | Updated: 11/06/2012
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