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Image Caption: STS-46 Earth observation taken aboard Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, is of Tropical Storm Javier in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Most of Javier's circulation, about 400 nautical miles in diameter, was captured on film by the STS-46 crewmembers as they passed over the eastern Pacific Ocean. Low level winds are spinning counter-clockwise (cyclonic) about a pivot point in the picture while cirrus outflow from the lone thunderstorm in the upper right is moving clockwise (anticyclonic). The noticeable absence of thunderstorms around Javier's circulation center implies a diminished state in the storm's intensity. In fact, Javier never had sustained winds greater than 55 knots (63 miles per hour). When this view was recorded, Javier was centered about 19 degrees north latitude and 132.4 degrees west longitude.