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STS045-81-30
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Spacecraft nadir point: 18.0° N, 97.3° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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STS045-81-023 and STS45-81-030: Low-level Atmospheric Phenomena
(CLOUDS Payload) This pair illustrates low-level turbulence
created by strong winds blowing perpendicular to a mountain range
(Tien Shan Range, NW China) in the Gobi Desert. The winds have
picked up dust and provide this extraordinary view of low-level
turbulence flow by their wave-like patterns. As the mixed area
increases away from mountain range (source of the turbulence), so
does lift and therefore the formation of cloud layers (lenticular
clouds).