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STS032-99-24
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Spacecraft nadir point: 24.7° S, 19.1° E

Photo center point: 23.0° S, 15.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 181 nautical miles (335km)
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Image Caption: One of the driest regions on Earth, the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa (23.0N, 15.0E) lies adjacent to the Atlantic coast but upwelling oceanic water causes a very stable rainless atmosphere. The few local inland rivers do not reach the sea but instead appear as long indentations where rivers penetrate the dune fields and end as small dry lakes. The vast dune fields are the result of sands deposited over millions of years by the stream flow.