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Spacecraft nadir point: 9.2° S, 58.2° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 293 nautical miles (543km)
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S48-602-01: Rollei CVIS of a portion of the 1.2-1.3 million
square mile Amazonian smoke pall documented by STS-48 photography
during this mission. This scene is aesthetically awful, but is
scientifically meaningful in that it documents a phenomenon that
is still not generally accepted as being "real" by the scientific
and other communities. The scale of this burning and the associ-
ated long-duration (multi-month) smoke pall, in fairness to the
smallness of most scientific minds, are almost beyond the normal
person's comprehension of reality as seen from the comfort of
ivy-colored walls and demigodic textbooks from ages past.