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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS41D-40-22 Date: Aug. 1984
Geographic Region: BRAZIL
Feature: CLOUDS

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  STS41D-40-22 Fires and Smoke, Rondonia, Brazil September 1984
Space Shuttle astronauts sometimes photograph major smoke palls (primarily in the equatorial belt) where "slash-and-burn" techniques are used to clear land for agricultural purposes--for raising crops or for developing pastureland for cattle. This photograph documents numerous smoke plumes, which represent destruction of part of the Amazon rain forest in the State of Rondonia in western Brazil. During the last several decades, worldwide slash-and-burn practices have been exacerbated by population pressures to expand into virgin tropical woodland. Peak burning periods occur during the dry season, which for this Southern Hemisphere region is June through September. Visible near the horizon are the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, which provide a natural barrier so that little dense smoke reaches the altiplano of southern Peru and Bolivia; only valleys and canyons along the eastern slopes of the Andes are impacted by this periodic, widespread burning.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 72k
Mission: STS41D  
Roll - Frame: 40 - 22
Geographical Name: BRAZIL  
Features: CLOUDS  
Center Lat x Lon: N x E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 100
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 50  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 20  
Date: 19840831   YYYYMMDD
Time: 175204   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 8.3S  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 60.3W  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 117   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 163   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 57   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: BASIN  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views: SMOKE PALL  
City Views:  
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