STS041-83-88
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Spacecraft nadir point: 12.0° N, 37.3° E

Photo center point: 13.0° N, 37.0° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 162 nautical miles (300km)
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Image Caption:
Ethiopian Plateau, Lake Tana T33

Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile River (1) and the north
central portion of the Ethiopian Plateau are visible in these
near-vertical views taken in October 1990. Lake Tana, which cov-
ers an area of 3,625 sq. km and is 1,829 meters above sea level,
is thought to be a large caldera of a once massive volcano.
Three other volcanic mountains are visible in this view: Guna
(2), Amba Farit (3), and Birhan (4). The canyon of the Blue Nile
(1) is visible as the river makes it way south and east toward
Sudan and the city of Khartoum. (S41-83-088, 089)