STS044-94-50
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Spacecraft nadir point: 24.5° N, 141.7° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 197 nautical miles (365km)
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Image Caption: STS044-94-50: OBLIQUE VIEW OF ENTIRE STORM
Supertyphoon Yuri was photographed each day of mission STS-44, making it one of the best documented tropical cyclones of the Shuttle Program. Located in the western North Pacific, Yuri grew to supertyphoon status, packing maximum sustained winds estimated at 165 mph with gusts to 200 mph. This storm initially moved west toward the Philippine Islands before curving northeast into the North Pacific and thus avoiding any major landmass. In frame STS044-93-80, the bowl-shaped structure of the eye is shown. The eye wall descends almost to the sea surface, a distance of 45,000-50,000 feet (13,800-15,300 m). In this case the eye is filled with clouds, but in many cases the sea surface is visible through the eye. Frames STS044-74-11 and STS044-94-50 are oblique views of the storm, which at its peak intensity was about 1,000 miles across.