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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS049-87-35 Date: May 1992
Geographic Region: SOMALIA
Feature: HAFUN, WATER DYNAMICS

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  STS049-87-35 Hafun (Raas Xaafuun) Peninsula, Somalia May 1992
This near-vertical, color infrared photograph of the Hafun Peninsula, the eastern extremity of Africa and part of the "Horn of Africa," appears to be complex; however, upon closer inspection, the photograph becomes easier to understand. The highly reflective surface, caused by the Sun reflecting off the surface of the water in Hafun Bay South, enhances the water surface detail (surface roughness and circulation patterns). The darker, less reflective areas in Hafun Bay North provide dynamic surface water information on wave and current patterns. The Hafun Peninsula is a tombolo, a rocky island with a sandy isthmus that connect the island to the mainland. Surface water detail is apparent in the small bay that separates the rocky island from the mainland. Most of the lowland coastal shoreline is composed of sand; yet, a few low beach cliffs—less than 1000 feet (305 meters) in elevation—are observed immediately west of the sandy beach. The reason for the north-south line of color change in some of the beach sand is not known; it might be caused by an elevation change or by differences in moisture content or soil composition of the sand. This entire region is classified as desert.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 121k
Mission: STS049  
Roll - Frame: 87 - 35
Geographical Name: SOMALIA  
Features: HAFUN, WATER DYNAMICS  
Center Lat x Lon: 10.5N x 51.0E
Film Exposure: U   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 5
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: 33   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 116  
 
Date: 19920515   YYYYMMDD
Time: 062549   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 9.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 49.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 70   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 193   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 56   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: PENINSULA, COAST  
Water Views: OCEAN, SUNGLINT, SHIP WAKE  
Atmosphere Views:  
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