STS068-203-33
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Spacecraft nadir point: 7.4° N, 52.3° W

Photo center point: 6.0° N, 54.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 118 nautical miles (219km)
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Image Caption: Color-infrared (CIR) film was used to take this photograph of the mouth of the Marowijne (also called Maroni) River and coast of French Guyana. Infrared light is slightly longer in wavelength than red light and is not visible to the naked eye. With this type of film, the infrared light reflected off the surface of the Earth is recorded as the color red, areas that would look red on normal film look green, areas that would look green on normal film look blue, and areas that would look blue on normal film look black. This film is used to highlight vegetation patterns because different kinds of plants will be different colors of red and pink (note the different color patterns in the agricultural fields). Sediments also look different with CIR, note that the water is blue to black and the sediment-laden areas in the water are gray-white. The plumes of smoke rising from some of the fields is from agricultural burning of the stubble after harvest.