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Image Caption: STS-65 Earth observation taken aboard Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, shows smoke plumes over South America. The plumes are either the destruction of crop residues in preparation of spring planting or the clearance of new land for planting. The smoke pall covers thousands of kilometers. The smoke cloud could be seen on weather satellite photographs during the mission and the astronauts were informed of its presence. The darker areas of the photograph are heavily vegetated wetlands.