Earth - NEAR

Saudi Arabia from 685 km

Shortly after its closest approach to Earth on 23 January 1998, the NEAR spacecraft passed over Saudi Arabia and took this black and white image southwest of Riyadh from an altitude of 685 km. The dark circles appear to be center-pivot irrigated agricultural fields. The cloud at the bottom of the image may be a jet contrail. The frame is 27 km across, the resolution is about 70 meters, and the view is to the southwest. (NEAR Earth 199801230730)
Full resolution size: 195K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-01-23 T 07:30
Distance/Range (km): 685.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): 25., 315.
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: vegetation, clouds, desert
Instrument: Multispectral Imager
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 244 x 537
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.25 x 2.9
Filter: N/A
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: NEAR_199801230730
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
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