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Mission: STS088 Roll: 719 Frame: 2 Mission ID on the Film or image: STS88
Country or Geographic Name: EGYPT
Center Point: Latitude: 22.5 Longitude: 33.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Stereo: Yes (Yes indicates there is an adjacent picture of the same area)
ONC Map ID: J-06 JNC Map ID: 35


Camera Tilt: 53
Camera Focal Length: 250mm
Camera: HB: Hasselblad
Film: 5069 : Kodak Elite 100S, E6 Reversal, Replaces Lumiere, Warmer in tone vs. Lumiere.


Film Exposure: Normal
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)


GMT Date: 19981206 (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: 085746 (HHMMSS)
Nadir Point Latitude: 23.2, Longitude: 37.5 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)

Nadir to Photo Center Direction: West
Sun Azimuth: 173 (Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point)
Spacecraft Altitude: 207 nautical miles (383 km)
Sun Elevation Angle: 44 (Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point)
Orbit Number: 33


New lakes forming in the Toshka depression of southern Egypt have been monitored by astronauts since 1998. The flooding was first documented in early November 1998 and this photograph was taken in December 1998. Subsequently, three additional lakes were created by Lake Nasser overflow, as shown in an animation posted to NASA's Earth Observatory. Estimates of areas of the lakes were made after the images were registered to a common image base. The region will be the location of large Egyptian agricultural developments that will support millions of people.

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