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CRISTA-SPAS payload on the STS-66 Shuttle Atlantis RMS Arm
Masses of clouds over the Atlantic Ocean serve as the backdrop for this close-up scene of the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere (CRISTA), attached to the Shuttle Pallet System (SPAS). CRISTA-SPAS was in the grasp of the Space Shuttle Atlantis Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm. The crew deployed the Crista-SPAS on November 4, 1994 and the tandem remained in free-flight until November 12, 1994 when it was retrieved by the Canadian-built RMS, controlled by payload commander Ellen Ochoa..

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Atlantis Shuttle Mission STS-66