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LOCATION Direction Photo #: ISS042-E-1170 Date: Nov. 2014
Geographic Region: SAUDI ARABIA

Central Saudi Arabia: Riyadh and dunes

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this photograph when the desert center of Arabia was partly obscured by a dusty atmosphere. With slight image enhancement, a wealth of detail appears--most strikingly, the swaths of red dunes, the straight lines of rock ridges, and the city of Riyadh (capital of Saudi Arabia).

Riyadh means "The Gardens," which aptly explains why the greens of this urban region of 5.7 million people contrast with the dun (gray-brown) desert landscape. The dark stipple of crops is concentrated near ancient water courses, where underground water is more readily available for irrigation. The upper left of the image is dominated by the tracery of gully-eroded hillsides.

Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 98k
Mission: ISS042  
Roll - Frame: E - 1170
Geographical Name: SAUDI ARABIA  
Center Lat x Lon: 24.0N x 46.7E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
Camera:: N6
Camera Tilt: 42   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 100  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: N   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number:  
Date: 20141109   YYYYMMDD
Time: 110025   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 21.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 48.2E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 227   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 223   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 37   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: DESERT  
Water Views:  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views: RIYADH  

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