Earth - Galileo

Color image of the Simpson Desert in Australia on Earth

Galileo color composite image of the Simpson Desert in south-central Australia. At lower left is seasonal Lake Eyre, the lowest point in Australia, which is nearly dry at the time this image was taken. At lower right is the greenish Lake Blanche. The image was taken about 2 hours after Galileo's closest approach to Earth on 8 December 1990 from 56,000 km. The image is roughly 450 km wide by 550 km high and was produced by combining exposures taken through the red, green, and violet filters. (Galileo, P-37331)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1990-12-08 T 22:30
Distance/Range (km): 56000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: desert, water
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .46 x .46
Filter: red, green, violet
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-37331
Other Image ID number: GLL-EM8 SSI
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 89-084B-10B
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 89-084B-10C (raw images)
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015