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Spacecraft nadir point: 23.2° N, 37.9° E

Photo center point: 28.5° N, 32.5° E

Nadir to Photo Center: Northwest

Spacecraft Altitude: 210 nautical miles (389km)
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Image Caption: Panoramic View of Northeast Egypt
This oblique, northwest-looking view shows the northern half of Egypt. Blue waters of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez, and the eastern Mediterranean Sea contrast with the lighter colors of the desert terrain of Egypt. In contrast with the brown and tan landscape, the thin, dark corridor of the irrigated floodplain of the Nile River extends north-south through the desert. It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of Egypt's human population resides along the Nile River floodplain and in the delta area. Mountainous areas border the Red Sea along the east coast of Egypt and the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, and also appear dark compared to the desert. Elevations of these mountains vary from 610 meters (2000 feet) to 910 meters (3000 feet) with many peaks and ridgelines exceeding 1800 meters (6000 feet). Several small, isolated clouds can also be seen in the picture, with the largest cloud deck over the Nile River delta.