STS069-730-59
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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.3° N, 120.7° W

Photo center point: 28.0° N, 117.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: East

Spacecraft Altitude: 199 nautical miles (369km)
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Image Caption: The small islands off the west of California are the breeding grounds
for some the most picture perfect weather images. In these two
photographs, stable atmospheric status clouds are being moved into
circular patterns by the light southeasterly winds that have been
disrupted by the islands. As wind moves around solid objects small
vortices, call Von Karmen vortices, form and the clouds are moved
around by the winds creating this visual display of wind flow.