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Spacecraft nadir point: 7.7° S, 136.1° E

Photo center point: 11.5° S, 131.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption: STS-65 Earth observation taken aboard Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, shows late winter burning in northern Australia and the extreme northern coastal area that includes the Cobourg Peninsula, as well as Melville and Bathurst Islands. These fires were probably set intentionally to renew pasture under open canopy woodland. The very dark lowland areas on Melville Island represent mangrove woodland. In contrast to some other tropical regions (for example Madagascar and Indonesia), no soil erosion (sediment plumes) is visible in this photograph.