NM21-735-62

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Spacecraft nadir point: 51.4° N, 100.9° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 210 nautical miles (389km)
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Image Caption: In April, 1996, Mongolian forest fires raged out of control for more than three weeks. More than 80 fires consumed the land, and the smoke pall from the fires was described by the Mir 21 crew members as the worst smoke they had ever seen from orbit. This view captures part of the thick smoke palls from the burning forests on the Mongolian Steppe.