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Spacecraft nadir point: 5.5° S, 66.0° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption: STS026-35-87
A portion of the smoke pall was photographed over the Brazilian Amazon during the late afternoon of September 30, 1988. The nadir point under the Discovery (flying at 163 n. mi.) at this time was 5.5 deg. S, 66.1 deg. W, and the view is to the south. The 60-km-wide smoke cloud in the center (one of many photographed over Brazil during the mission) is capped by a small cumulus cloud over the heat plume. This huge forest fire is located between Ro Purus and Ro Madeira near Brazilian Road 364, in the Polonoroeste Project of Rondonia State. If these fires had been burning in the United States, say in Yellowstone Park, the resulting smoke pall would have covered most of the area from the Rockies to the Atlantic seaboard and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.