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Spacecraft nadir point: 27.0° N, 130.3° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 203 nautical miles (376km)
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Image Caption: Dramatic temperature fluctuations caused by the Earth's yearly seasonal changes build up great amounts of energy in the Earth's atmosphere that must be released. Hurricanes and typhoons provided one of the most efficient ways for the Earth to release its enormous stockpile of built-up atmospheric energy. In 1985, Shuttle astronauts photographed Typhoon "Odessa," as it swept over the central Pacific Ocean.