Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

October 26, 1996
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Mir Over New Zealand
Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-79, NASA, Russian Space Agency

Explanation: The Russian space station Mir was photographed last month high above New Zealand. Before returning with record-breaking astronaut Shannon Lucid, the space shuttle Atlantis crew took this breathtaking view from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Atlantis had just undocked from Mir and was preparing to return to Earth.

Tomorrow's picture: Io's Active Volcanoes

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