STS049-72-13

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Spacecraft nadir point: 9.0° N, 121.0° E

Photo center point: 9.0° N, 120.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 151 nautical miles (280km)
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STS49-72-013, cf. STS49-71-042: Frame 72-013 was taken 3 seconds
after frame 71-042, using a shorter-focal-length lens (50mm?).
The circular downdraft feature is seen in the context of the sur-
rounding weather systems, which include several other, though
less well-marked, thunderstorm downdrafts. Large wave systems
and oily slicks are displayed on the surrounding ocean surface.
Hasselblad camera, 50mm? lens, color film.

STS49-72-013: Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea This is the same area
viewed in STS49-071-042, except that a 100 mm lens was used in-
stead of a 250 mm lens. In addition to the circular roughened
areas centered on Tubbataha Reef, evidence of the large solitons
seen in STS49-071-040 is also present.