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STS058-73-54
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Spacecraft nadir point: 29.4° N, 46.3° E

Photo center point: 29.0° N, 48.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 157 nautical miles (291km)
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Image Caption: Kuwait oil fields

A clear view of the northern Kuwait coast shows the southern part of Kuwait City, and the major oil fields to the south. Oil laden sands, where wells were set ablaze during the Gulf War in 1991, are visible south of Kuwait City as a dark, elongated patch surrounded by light-colored sand. Oil-stained sandbetween well sites (dots) and criss-crossing roads is gradually being covered by clean sand carried by strong, seasonal northwest winds.