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Spacecraft nadir point: 29.2° N, 92.2° W

Photo center point: 30.0° N, 95.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328km)
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Image Caption: Less than an hour before this photo was taken, a large explosion and fire occurred at a petrochemical plant in Mount Belvieu, just to the east of Houston, Texas (29.5N, 95.0W). The fire has just started and the smoke plume is fairly small but by the end of the day, smoke obscured most of the area east of Houston. The spider-web network of highways radiating from the center of Houston is easily seen as well as the Astrodome and other features.