STS069-709-56

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Spacecraft nadir point: 23.1° N, 18.4° E

Photo center point: 29.0° N, 16.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 201 nautical miles (372km)
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Image Caption: Black Haruj Hills, central Libya The crew was asked to
document the phenomenon of clouds formed only over the dark-colored
Black Haruj hills, as seen on the weather satellite. In the event the
phenomenon was documented over the dark surface of the Gilf Kebir
plateau in SW Egypt (STS069-709-063). Dark surfaces are preferentially
heated and thus produce added vertical movement in the atmosphere.