[Skip to content]
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
540 x 543 pixels 764 x 768 pixels 3926 x 3926 pixels 640 x 640 pixels 640 x 480 pixels 2508 x 2544 pixels 2508 x 2544 pixels

latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 49.1° N, 59.3° E

Photo center point: 45.0° N, 60.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 169 nautical miles (313km)
Click for Google map
features and other details
information about camera used
additional formats
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Download Image 
540 pixels 543 pixels Photographic Highlights Download
764 pixels 768 pixels Photographic Highlights Download
3926 pixels 3926 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download
640 pixels 640 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download
640 pixels 480 pixels No No ISD 1 Download
2508 pixels 2544 pixels Download
2508 pixels 2544 pixels Download
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption: STS047-079-083 Aral Sea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan September 1992
A much depleted Aral Sea (refer to the July 1985 photograph STS-51F-036-0059) can be seen in this south-looking, low-oblique view. The emerging, pointed island of Barsa-Kel'mes and the expanding, broad Vozrozhdeniya Island are visible in the center of the sea. Vozrozhdeniya Island is expanding southward toward the Amu Darya River Delta and northward toward the growing Kulandy Peninsula. Continued shrinkage of the Aral Sea water levels will eventually cut off the western portion from the rest of the sea. This phenomenon has already occurred in the extreme northern portion of the sea. Because of dropping water levels, the Karatyup Peninsula (the stretch of land visible north of the main portion of the Aral Sea) has expanded eastward and connected with the delta of the Syr Darya River, cutting off the extreme northern portion from the larger main area of the Aral Sea. With no river inlet into this extreme north portion, it is only a matter of time before this area is reduced to a series of smaller lakes. East of the sea, more exposed shoreline is visible (whitish-gray). It is estimated that the Aral Sea water level has decreased 46 percent since 1960 and is continuing to decrease. The darker areas to the south are the irrigated agricultural lands of the Amu Darya River.