October 29, 2011
Among the first group of still images downlinked by the STS-125 crewmembers onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis was this high oblique scene looking toward the Sinai Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. The Red Sea is just out of frame at bottom right. Saudi Arabia is in the right foreground and Egypt's Nile River and its delta can be seen (lower left) toward the horizon. Jordan and a small portion of Israel can be seen near the top of the frame. The Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba extend from the Red Sea toward the Mediterranean.
Topics: Suez Canal, Red Sea, Geography, Arabia Petraea, Suez Governorate, Gulf of Suez, Gulf of Aqaba, Suez, Aqaba, Sinai Peninsula, Arabian Peninsula, Great Rift Valley