STS052-154-39

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Spacecraft nadir point: 22.1° N, 89.3° W

Photo center point: 21.0° N, 90.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 115 nautical miles (213km)
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Image Caption: This rare cloud free view of the city of Merida (21.0N, 90.0W) on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico was taken as an experiment with color infrared film to determine the best applications of this unique film. Color film presents an image as it appears to the eye but color infrared film eliminates haze and better defines vegetation and its vitality by the shade of red or pink. Note that much of the native forests have been cut down for farm lands.