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1. Meteosat View of Red Sea Region
1. Meteosat View of Red Sea Region

A westerly jet stream produces a narrow, contained band of cirrus cloud that stretches across the Red Sea from the Sudan to Saudi Arabia. This Meteosat 2 thermal image is the sort of weather “picture” we are familiar with from television weather forecasting. Meteosat 2 is located in geosynchronous orbit, that is, it stays overhead at the same point on the Earth’s surface at an altitude of 22,300 miles. This image was taken during shuttle mission 41-C on April 5, 1984, and makes an interesting comparison with the shuttle astronauts’ view of the same cloud system from about 200 miles above the Earth (slide #2).

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