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Spacecraft nadir point: 36.6° N, 5.9° W

Photo center point: 36.0° N, 6.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: South

Spacecraft Altitude: 203 nautical miles (376km)
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Image Caption: Antenna with the Straits of Gibraltar in the background
This shot of the SGANT (Space to Ground Antenna) Dish on the
international space station also shows the Straits of Gibraltar in the
background. This narrow channel connects the Atlantic Ocean and
Mediterranean Sea. It is 36 miles (58 km) long and narrows to 8 miles
(13 km) in width between Point Marroqui, Spain, and Point Cires,
Morocco. Oceanographers are interested in the flow through this strait
because the Mediterranean outflow plays an important role in the
circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean, and determine the mass, heat,
and salt balances of the Mediterranean. The flow is complex because
waters are confined in the strait and internal waves formed can have
displacements of up to 50 m.