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January 17, 2012
Flying above the Atlantic coast of Spain and the Gulf of Cadiz, the space shuttle Atlantis is shown making its relative approach to the International Space Station, from which this photo was taken. The tip of a Russian spacecraft, temporarily docked to the orbital outpost can be seen at top center. The coast includes the city of Ayamonte (left of image as photographed), past Huelva (under Atlantis), past the sand dunes, the Rio Guadalquivir, to the city of Rota. Center point coordinates of the area pictured in the image are 37.3 degrees north latitude and 6.7 degrees west longitude.


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