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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS039-609-62 Date: May 1991
Geographic Region: KUWAIT

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  STS039-609-062 Al Burqan Oil Field Fires, Kuwait May 1991
The oil well fires started by the government of Iraq's military, in the Al Burqan oil field situated to the south of Kuwait City (left of the center of the image), can be seen in this northeast-looking view. The image was obtained nearly eight weeks after the fires were started in Kuwait as part of the Iraq's Government "scorched-earth" policy. At the time of this image, over 365 oil wells in the greater Al Burqan fields were burning, as were pools of oil around some wellheads. The thick black smoke from the burning oil wells was being blown by surface winds to the east-southeast out over the Persian Gulf towards southern Iran. Near the lower right of the image, oil-laden sands are visible. Discernible in the upper left portion of the image are some smoke plumes from the burning Al Rawdatayn and Al Sabiriyah oil fields north of Kuwait City.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 229k
Mission: STS039  
Roll - Frame: 609 - 62
Geographical Name: KUWAIT  
Center Lat x Lon: 29.0N x 48.0E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: RX
Camera Tilt: LO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 112  
Date: 19910505   YYYYMMDD
Time: 094700   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 33.3N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 42.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 209   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 142   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 71   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT  
Water Views: GULF  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE  
Man Made Views: DRILLING  
City Views:  
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