STS030-84-36
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Spacecraft nadir point: 19.3° N, 114.7° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 169 nautical miles (313km)
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Image Caption: These open ocean internal waves were seen in the south China Sea (19.5N, 114.5E). These sets of internal waves most likely coincide with tidal periods about 12 hours apart. The wave length (distance from crest to crest) varies between 1.5 and 5.0 miles and the crest lengths stretch across and beyond this photo for over 75 miles. At lower right, the surface waves are moving at a 30% angle to the internal waves, with parallel low level clouds.