STS085-751-039 (7 - 19 August 1997) --- This 70mm frame, exposed through aft flight deck windows of the Space Shuttle Discovery, shows experiments in the cargo bay, as the spacecraft was flying over the Sea of Japan. In center foreground is the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD). The MFD, sponsored by National Space Development Agency (NASDA), will evaluate the use of the Small Fine Arm (SFA) that is planned to be part of the future Japanese Experiment Module's (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (RMS) on the International Space Station (ISS).
STS-100 Shuttle Mission...
STS100-710-182 (19 April - 1 May 2001) --- Easily recognizable in this STS-100 70mm frame are phenomena known as the von Karman vortices, which were forming in the stratocumulus field downwind from the volcanic island of Rishiri-to in the northern Sea of Japan off the northwest coast of Hokkaido, Japan. According to NASA scientists studying the STS-100 photo collection, these features form when a stable atmosphere with low clouds flows past a relatively small obstacle with a height greater than the depth of the cloud layer. Because the atmosphere is stable, a series of eddies form in the moving cloud field.
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