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STS066-154-157
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Spacecraft nadir point: 2.3° S, 114.2° E

Photo center point: 6.0° S, 113.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 159 nautical miles (294km)
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Image Caption: This is a striking, oblique view to the south of the Indonesian Islands of Java, Bali, and Lombok. The linear array of dark regions across the photo is a chain of volcanoes which make up the back bone of this part of the Indonesian Islands. This chain has been quite active over the past six months, with major eruptions on Lombok and Bali during the summer of 1993, and continuing eruptions from Merapi in central Java. Plumes of steam can be seen rising from the summits of Arjuno (west-central Java) and Merapi (central Java, near the right side of this photo). Just three weeks after this photo was taken, Merapi experienced a major eruption that sent deadly mud flows down the mountain's flanks. The region appears hazy - both conditions due to an extended drought over Indonesia and Australia. Because of drought conditions, huge fires continue to burn over other regions of Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia, producing a regional smoke pall.


This is a striking, oblique view to the south of the Indonesian islands of Java (right), Bali and Lombok (upper left). The linear array of dark regions across the photo is a chain of volcanoes which make up the back bone of this part of the Indonesian Islands. This chain has been quite active over the past six months. Plumes of steam can be seen rising from the summits of Arjuno (west-central Java) and Merapi (central Java, near the right side of this photo). The region appears hazy due to an extended drought over Indonesia and Australia. Because of drought conditions, huge fires continue to burn over other regions of Indonesia, New Guinea and norther Australia, producing a regional smoke pall.