National Geographic : 1994 Aug
The Congo Basin NORTHAMERICA Clouds usually veil the Zaire River iv G A ASIA and its tributaries in the Congo Ba- Charleston JOHNF KENNEDY Houston SPACE CENTER sin. On a rare clear day Endeavour's 28°........ crew shot this 300-mile mosaic-b the Congo republic on the left bank, Zaire on the right-with GEOCAM. SoUTH Dark areas are vegetation. ( AMERICA Areas inredindicate AUSTRALIA 40O s locations of GEOCAM photographs inthisarticle. Area covered by t 4000 will u space shuttle orbits NGS CARTOG PHICDIVISION 80 ° 40W 0 ° 40E 80 ° 120 ° 160 ° WMindow on the world Following a typical space shuttle orbital pattern, Endeavour's equator-crossing path ruled out photo graphs of the GEOCAM team's home base in Charleston but gave plenty of chances over parts of five continents. Shooting through a specially ground window, GEOCAM used high-definition black-and-white film to ensure the sharpest possible images. So impressed was NASA that it will use the same type of film on future shuttles.