STS072-740-85

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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.2° S, 91.7° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 166 nautical miles (307km)
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Image Caption: Closed Cellular Stratocumulus Cloud
Pattern in the Central Indian Ocean. This closed cell pattern is
usually associated with the anticyclonic flow of a high pressure
system. This type of cloud generally forms in shallow regions of cool,
moist maritime air moving over warmer water. This shallow region lies
under an inversion with descending warm dry air above which keep the
cloud heights from building. These closed cell clouds are getting
pulled along in a vertical wind shear.