This is the Web Edition of "A Trip Into Space", a Coimbra-based electronic book on space science. Both the texts and the photos are by courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Earth
Network Of Stratocumulus Clouds Sw Of The Canary Islands

Gemini 6 photograph of a large network of stratocumulus clouds southwest of the Canary Islands on Earth. These are open cellular-type convective clouds in which air rises along the cell walls and sinks in the centers. The foreground surface wind is from the northeast, right to left, at 25 to 35 km/hr (15 to 20 knots). The blue band along the horizon is the Earth's troposphere. (Gemini 6A, S65-63264)

Last Update: 2004-Nov-27