December 15, 2011
The empty cargo bay and the aft portion of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Endeavour are featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member from inside the spacecraft's crew cabin. The panoramic view sweeps across South Africa over the Great Karoo and Little Karoo arid regions, past the Western Cape area to the Cape of Good Hope and the Atlantic ocean. The Orange River is seen flowing to the Atlantic away from the orbiter along the right hand side of the image.
Topics: Environment, Space, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Disaster Accident, Karoo, Western Cape, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, Spacecraft