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Space Shuttle Images of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: STS-83 Crew
Location: Earth Orbit
Date: April 1997

A 35-mm camera was used to record these time-exposed images of Comet Hale-Bopp at sunset. Note that stars show up in this image because of the more lengthy exposure time, whereas the celestial features do not show in the majority of Space Shuttle pictures focused on Earth and its horizon. As another spinoff of the more lengthy time exposure, city lights and petroleum fires are seen as distorted streaks.


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