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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS032-101-27 Date: Jan. 1990
Geographic Region: ETHIOPIA
Feature: AFAR DEPRESSION

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  STS032-101-027 Denakil Desert and Denakil Depression, Ethiopia January 1990
This southwest-looking, high-oblique photograph shows the throat of the "Y" that has been formed in northern Ethiopia as the sides of the Great African Rift Valley move farther apart. The east-west-trending Ahmar Mountains form the Rift Valley’s southern boundary, and a significant north-south-trending escarpment (near the western edge of photograph) creates an elevation change of approximately 5000 feet (1525 meters). The top ends of the "Y" extend into Djibouti to the east and Eritrea to the north. The desert area between the two arms of the "Y" is the Denakil Desert, and the lowest part of this desert is the Denakil Depression. The desert is an area of scorching heat and active volcanoes that belch smoke, sulfurous fumes, and hot springs that often present strangely colored waters because of the mineral content. The Awash River, whose waters evaporate and never reach the sea, is the only relief in the harsh southwest part of the region. Djibouti, most of which is obscured by cloud cover, and small Lake Assal with its whitish salt plain northwest of the lake, are visible in the southeast portion of the photograph. Blue Lake Assal, reportedly the saltiest body of water in the world, is also the lowest point in Africa at 510 feet (155 meters) below sea level.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 136k
Mission: STS032  
Roll - Frame: 101 - 27
Geographical Name: ETHIOPIA  
Features: AFAR DEPRESSION  
Center Lat x Lon: 10.5N x 41.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 30
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SW   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: N   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 76  
 
Date: 19900114   YYYYMMDD
Time: 063840   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 14.7N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 44.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 132   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 177   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 37   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT, ESCARPMENT, FAULT, MOUNTAIN, VALLEY  
Water Views: LAKE, GULF, RIVER  
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