Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
5266 x 5266 pixels 639 x 639 pixels 5700 x 6000 pixels 500 x 526 pixels 640 x 480 pixels
Cloud masks available for this image:

Spacecraft nadir point: 17.0° N, 74.4° E

Photo center point: 18.0° N, 74.5° E

Photo center point by machine learning:

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 157 nautical miles (291km)
Click for Google map
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Links
5266 pixels 5266 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download Image
639 pixels 639 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
Download a GeoTIFF for this photo
Image Caption: STS052-072-043 Western Ghats, India October 1992
The rugged, forest-covered Western Ghats, an almost uninterrupted chain that parallels the west Indian coast of the Arabian Sea for 1000 miles (1600 kilometers), can be seen in this west-southwest-looking photograph. The mountains present a formidable barrier to winds and transportation; few highways and railroads traverse the chain. With elevations of 3000 to 5000 feet (900 to 1500 meters) above the narrow coastal plain, the mountains have steep seaward faces, while their landward sides that connect with Deccan Plateau (east side of the photograph) are gentle and rolling. Annual precipitation of 70 inches (178 centimeters) along the coast decreases inland to less than 30 inches (76 centimeters). The streams of the Western Ghats are used for hydroelectric power generation. Partially obscured by clouds (northwest corner of the photograph) is the city of Bombay.