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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS060-E-37265 Date: Aug. 2019
Geographic Region: EGYPT
Feature: NILE RIVER DELTA, RED SEA, DEAD SEA, GULF OF SUEZ, GULF OF AQABA


 

Astronaut Andrew Morgan shot this wide-angle photograph from the central Cupola window of the International Space Station (ISS) in August 2019. The Soyuz capsule and the Canadarm2 frame this image of the southeastern Mediterranean coastline. The 16 mm fisheye lens, though infrequently used, allows for a unique view encompassing landscapes from two continents—the Nile Delta in Africa and the Sinai Peninsula and the Levant in southwest Asia.

The Nile Delta formed where the lower Nile flows north into the Mediterranean Sea. This fertile, vegetated region makes a sharp contrast with the surrounding desert; it has been the center of agriculture in the region for thousands of years. East of the delta, the Sinai Peninsula acts as a land bridge between the African and Asian continents. South of the Sinai, the Red Sea separates the Arabian Peninsula from Egypt.

The Levant derives it name from Italian and French references to the Sun rising in the east. The region including present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. Straddling the border of Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is visible beneath a small patch of clouds. The Dead Sea has the lowest land elevation on Earth (430 meters/1,412 feet below sea level) and is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world.

Learn more about astronaut photography in the Picturing Earth video series: part 1 Astronaut Photography in Focus; part 2 Window on the World; and part 3 Behind the Scenes.




Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 156k
Mission: ISS060  
Roll - Frame: E - 37265
Geographical Name: EGYPT  
Features: NILE RIVER DELTA, RED SEA, DEAD SEA, GULF OF SUEZ, GULF OF AQABA  
Center Lat x Lon: 31.0N x 34.0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 50
 
Camera:: N8
 
Camera Tilt: HO   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 16  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   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
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Date: 20190818   YYYYMMDD
Time: 132916   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 34.6N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 30.0E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 258   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 224   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 39   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
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