STS107-E-05344 (22 January 2003) --- One of the astronauts onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia used a digital still camera to capture this photograph of Earth's horizon featuring South Yemen and the Gulf of Aden. Also visible are the Hadramawt Plateau and the Ramlat as Sab'atayn sands (long triangular feature). Approximate coordinates of the featured area are 16.0 degrees north latitude and 48.5 degrees east longitude.
STS-110 Shuttle Mission...
STS110-742-015 (8-19 April 2002) --- The rugged, rocky, sandy desert landscape of the west coast of Yemen is visible in this near-vertical view, photographed from the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-110 mission. The southern portion of Kamaran Island, the largest Yemen-controlled island in the Red Sea, appears in the image. The island is 11 miles (18 kilometers) long and 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) wide. Coral reefs surround three sides of the island. The Isa Peninsula, which is visible near the center of the image and extends eastward, is also barren and sandy. The darker areas seen on the peninsula are scrub brush regions near the coastal shores. The Al Salief Port area near center has a small runway and is a staging area for visits to Kamaran Island. According to meteorologists studying the STS-110 photo collection, the climate of the region is hot and very humid.
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