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General Description: 
STS-93 Shuttle Mission Imagery
Description: 
STS093-702-041 (23 July 1999)--- This 70mm frame shows the Chandra X-Ray observatory, backdropped against a desert area in Namibia, just before its release from Columbia's payload bay. The primary duty of the STS-93 crew was to deploy the world's most powerful X-Ray telescope. It was also one of the first actions of the astronauts, occurring just a few hours following the shuttle's arrival in Earth orbit. This scene is one of a series of still photos recorded by the crew before and during the deployment of the 50,162 pound observatory.
image id: 
Photo-sts093_702_041
facet_what: 
Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO)
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Columbia
facet_what: 
Earth
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Namibia
facet_when: 
23 July 1999
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1999
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SPD-SPFLT-Photo-sts093_702_041
original url: 
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-93/html/sts093_702_041.html