STS040-152-180
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Spacecraft nadir point: 25.6° N, 35.3° E

Photo center point: 28.0° N, 34.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 150 nautical miles (278km)
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Image Caption: Dead Sea, 1991 2B8159 or 1B40691 STS040-152-180
Southeastern Mediterranean Panorama

The Sinai Peninsula dominates this north-looking panoramic view of the southeastern Mediterranean (28.0x N, 34.0x E). Lying between two great continents, historic Sinai separates Africa from Asia. The Great Rift originates in East Africa and goes through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba, the Jordan River Valley, and then into southern Turkey. The atmospheric haze throughout is thought to be windborne atmospheric dust.DPAO [Note that the Dead Sea is divided into two parts by this time.] Kam et al.: Where does the Jordan arise? The Dead Sea doesn't have an outlet, does it? Cindy or Amsbury, rift direction?

In this panorama view of the Southeastern Mediterranean (28.0N, 34.0E), the Sinai Peninsula dominates this north looking oblique view. Lying between two great continents, historic Sinai separates Africa from Asia. The Great Rift Fault originates in southern Turkey, through the Jordan River Valley, and the Gulf of Aqaba, the Red Sea and then into east Africa. The atmospheric haze seen throughout is thought to be wind borne atmospheric dust.