July 19, 2011
The major portion of the 180-mile (290 kilometers) long Gulf of Suez (center of the image) can be seen in this north-looking view, captured on film by one of the STS-110 crewmembers on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis . The Gulf of Suez is considered to be one of the most important water transportation routes in the world, connecting the Mediterranean Sea (upper portion of the image) through the Suez Canal (mostly covered by clouds) with the Red Sea (not visible on the image) and the Indian Ocean. To the gulf's right (east), the rugged landscape of the Sinai Peninsula can be seen. The 100 mile (160 kilometers) long Gulf of Aqaba, which is part of the Great Rift Valley of Eastern Africa, is discernible at the lower right of the image. Near the upper right portion of the image, a distinct line marking the border between Israel and Egypt can be seen. To the left (west) of the Gulf of Suez, are the Western Desert and the Nile River Valley and Delta of eastern Egypt. The tail of the Space Shuttle is at the right center of the image.
Topics: Suez Governorate, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Environment, Nile, Egypt, Aqaba, Sinai Peninsula, Suez, Gulf of Suez, Gulf of Aqaba, Western Asia, Great Rift Valley