[Skip to content]
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
5257 x 5257 pixels 640 x 640 pixels 5700 x 6000 pixels 500 x 526 pixels 640 x 480 pixels
Cloud masks available for this image:

latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 16.9° N, 54.6° E

Photo center point: 17.0° N, 54.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 119 nautical miles (220km)
Click for Google map
features and other details
information about camera used
additional formats
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Links
5257 pixels 5257 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download Image
640 pixels 640 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download Image
5700 pixels 6000 pixels No No Download Image
500 pixels 526 pixels No No Download Image
640 pixels 480 pixels No No Download Image
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption: STS038-082-068 Salalah, Oman November 1990
Salalah, a small coastal city in southwest Oman about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the eastern border of Yemen, is part of the arid Arabian Peninsula that is classified as a desert because it receives less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of annual rainfall. North of Salalah, deeply dissected, low mountains that average 2500 feet (750 meters) above sea level flank the relatively narrow coastal plain. Despite arid conditions, this area of Oman offers a suitable environment for raising selected crops on a limited basis. Irrigated agriculture is necessary in this area, with most of the water provided by mountain runoff or wells. Dark green, angular field patterns indicate commercial agriculture enterprises. Some sugarcane is cultivated, and cattle are raised in this isolated, dry coastal area. Several manmade features are discernible in the photograph--three center-pivot irrigated fields; a single airport runway northwest of the largest dark field pattern; roads crossing the mountains; and some highly reflective roadways and tracks traversing the coastal plains.