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Image Caption: Top structure of a thunderstorm appears prominently above a heavy layer of cirrus clouds. The anvil forms a near-circle at the boundary of the troposphere. Vigorous updrafts appear as overshooting tops and penetrate the stratosphere. Cirrus trailing from the left side of the anvil indicates upper-level wind direction. This near-vertical photograph was taken over Colombia.


Near vertical view of thunderhead over South America as photographed from the Apollo 9 spacecraft during its earth-orbital mission.