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Spacecraft nadir point: 28.2° N, 110.1° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 189 nautical miles (350km)
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STS049-81-047 - The Salton Sea and the Gulf of California

The STS-49 crew obtained this nearly [This one really is Rnearly
cloud-free.S] cloud-free view of the Colorado River Delta from
the Gulf of California (Mexico) to the Salton Sea (California).
The Colorado River enters its delta from the right (east), then
turns directly south to form saline tidal flats at the edge of
the gulf. Nearly all the water is used for irrigation. The
U.S./Mexican border shows clearly in the different field patterns
and the intensity of the greenish color. The irrigated agricul-
tural area offers a sharp contrast to the surrounding desert.
Hasselblad camera, 100-mm lens, color film.



STS-49 Earth observation taken aboard Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, shows the Salton Sea and the Gulf of California. The nearly cloud-free view follows the Colorado River Delta from the Gulf of California (Mexico) to the Salton Sea (California). The Colorado River enters its delta from the right (east), then turns directly south to form saline tidal flats at the edge of the gulf. Nearly all the water is used for irrigation. The United States (U.S.) / Mexican border shows clearly in the different field patterns and the intensity of the greenish color. The irrigated agricultural area offers a sharp contrast to the surrounding desert. The crew used a handheld HASSELBLAD camera with a 100-mm lens to record the image.