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Spacecraft nadir point: 21.0° N, 49.8° E

Photo center point: 24.0° N, 51.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 194 nautical miles (359km)
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Image Caption: Massive Sandstorm in Qatar:
This striking photograph shows a massive sandstorm sweeping over the Persian Gulf state of Qatar as it races southward toward southeastern Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on February 15, 2004. A major upper level low pressure over southwestern Asia led to a series of storms sweeping through the area. The crew of the International Space Station acquired this image with a digital camera using a 50-mm lens.