Earth - NEAR

South Africa and Lesotho

This black and white image of the coast of South Africa and Lesotho was taken about 35 minutes after the NEAR spacecraft's closest approach on its flyby of Earth on 23 January 1998. The frame is 720 km across with a resolution of about 1.5 km. The hook shaped feature along the coast to the left is the location of Port Elizabeth, Durban is on the coast at the extreme right. To the right and above the center is a cloud covered region which is part of the mountanous nation of Lesotho. The Indian Ocean comprises the lower part of the image. North is at about 1:30. (NEAR Earth 199801230800)
Full resolution size: 186K

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1998-01-23 T 08:00
Distance/Range (km): 18,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -32., 333.
Orbit(s): flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: water, clouds, mountain
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_199801230800
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