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December 2, 1995
In May of 1993, the
Space Shuttle Columbia orbited the Earth
Deutsche 2 (SL-D2) science module and spacelab tunnel
seen here riding in the shuttle's payload bay. Below,
thunderstorms rage over the cloudy Earth.
Several lightning flashes are visible in
this high speed photograph as intense bright
streaks within the clouds. The lights near the center of the picture,
just above the the shuttle's tail, are believed to be Mexico City.
Tomorrow's picture: An X-ray Hot Supernova in M81
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