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STS039-72-60

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View STS039-72-60.JPG 28977640480 No No ISD 1
View STS039-72-60.JPG 392245540539 No Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site
View STS039-72-60.JPG 14907621000999 No Yes NASA's Earth Observatory web site

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Identification

Mission: STS039 Roll: 72 Frame: 60 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS39
Country or Geographic Name: KUWAIT
Features: OIL WELL FIRES/PLUMES
Center Point: Latitude: 29.5 Longitude: 48.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: Yes (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: JNC Map ID:

Camera

Camera Tilt: Low Oblique
Camera Focal Length: 250mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5017 : Kodak, natural color positive, Ektachrome, X Professional, ASA 64, standard base.

Quality

Film Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 0 (0-10)

Nadir

GMT Date: 1991____ (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: , Longitude: (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:
Sun Azimuth: (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: nautical miles (0 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number:

Captions

Smoke from the burning oil fields to the north and south of Kuwait City, seen on the south shore of Kuwayt Bay almost totally obscures the view of the tiny, but oil rich, nation of Kuwait (29.0N, 48.0E). During the brief war between Iraq and the Allied forces, many of the oil wells in Kuwait were destroyed and set afire. For several months, those fires burned out of control, spewing wind borne smoke and ash for hundreds of miles.

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