STS069-709-63

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Spacecraft nadir point: 21.3° N, 23.9° E

Photo center point: 29.0° N, 31.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northeast

Spacecraft Altitude: 201 nautical miles (372km)
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Image Caption: Gilf Kebir Plateau, SW Egypt The crew was asked in an
uplink messgae to document the phenomenon of clouds forming over
dark-colored surfaces. Dark surfaces are preferentially heated and
thus produce added vertical movement in the atmosphere, as seen here.