[Skip to content]
Browse image
Resolutions offered for this image:
3904 x 3904 pixels 639 x 639 pixels 640 x 480 pixels

latitude/longitude of image
Spacecraft nadir point: 33.8° N, 105.7° W

Photo center point: 33.0° N, 106.5° W

Nadir to Photo Center: Southwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 191 nautical miles (354km)
Click for Google map
features and other details
information about camera used
additional formats
Width Height Annotated Cropped Purpose Download Image 
3904 pixels 3904 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download
639 pixels 639 pixels No No Earth From Space collection Download
640 pixels 480 pixels No No ISD 1 Download
Other options available:
Download Packaged File
Download a Google Earth KML for this Image
View photo footprint information
Image Caption: STS060-083-016 White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, U.S.A. February 1994
This photograph displays the two distinct parts of the world's largest gypsum sand field, White Sands National Monument located in the Tularosa Basin in south-central New Mexico--the highly reflective eastern half, consisting of an assortment of gypsum dunes, and the western half, an alkali flat. Rain and snow from the San Andres Mountains and the Sacramento Mountains dissolve gypsum from the rocks and carry it to White Sands. The southwest corner of the monument, the lowest spot in the Tularosa Valley, changes from a dry lakebed into Lake Lucero when rain falls. The dark areas along the southern and eastern fringes of White Sands National Monument display low-growing vegetation that survives the ever-shifting gypsum sands.