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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: ISS042-E-280970 Date: Feb. 2015
Geographic Region: SOMALIA
Feature: DJIBOUTI, RED SEA, G. OF ADEN

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  Djibouti and the southern Red Sea

Astronauts flying in the International Space Station took this image of the south end of the Red Sea (image lower right) and the Gulf of Aden (image left). Here the coastlines of Africa (upper part of the image) and Arabia (lower part of the image) are less than 30 km apart at the narrow point.
Most of the small country of Djibouti, mainly underlain by dark volcanic rocks, is shown in this view--its long axis stretches from the Red Sea coast 220 km to Lake Abhe (image top right). Yemen lies across the Mandeb Strait (lower part of the image). Djibouti is strategically positioned on one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea (and the Mediterranean beyond) and the Indian Ocean. For this reason it was occupied by France during the colonial era, while the opposite coast of Yemen was occupied by the British. Today Djibouti's port, located in the protected Tadjoura Gulf, acts as a key refueling point and import-export hub for cities inland in Ethiopia. Djibouti also hosts various foreign military bases.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 106k
Mission: ISS042  
Roll - Frame: E - 280970
Geographical Name: SOMALIA  
Features: DJIBOUTI, RED SEA, G. OF ADEN  
Center Lat x Lon: 11.4N x 43.4E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: N6
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 116  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
 
Date: 20150217   YYYYMMDD
Time: 090728   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 4.4N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 41.9E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 164   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 215   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 73   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: COAST  
Water Views: GULF, LAKE, SEA, STRAIT  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: PORT  
City Views: DJIBOUTI  
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