Dramatic Dean Photographs

The image and descriptive text below were provided by StormCenter Communications.

This image of the eye of Hurricane Dean was taken by an astronaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on August 18, 2007. At the time of the photograph Dean was a very strong Category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean Sea passing just south of Jamaica with sustained winds of 150 mph.
Below is another Space Shuttle photo of Dean from NASA.

It is a wider view at a rather oblique angle due to the relatively low orbit of the Shuttle compared to geostationary weather satellites. The picture provides a full perspective of the blackness of deep space and the blue of the ocean with the storm spinning in the thin envelope of the atmosphere in between.

Both of these photographs demonstrate the beauty that can be derived from one of the most powerful and destructive forces of nature.

John Collins


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