Earth - Apollo 17

Northeast Africa and Saudi Arabia in an oblique view of Earth

Apollo 17 hand-held Hasselblad photograph of northeast Africa and Saudi Arabia. This oblique view of Earth looking north shows the Gulf of Suez, Dead Sea, Gulf of Aden, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman around Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in Africa. The Mediterranean is visible at upper left, and India can be made out at the right. The picture was taken while Apollo 17 was in trans-lunar coast to the last of the Apollo Moon landings. The south coast of Saudi Arabia is roughly 2000 km long. (Apollo 17, AS17-148-22718)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1972-12-07
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +15.,315.
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: clouds, water
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 70 mm
Instrument Field of View (deg): N/A
Filter: None
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: AS17-148-22718
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 72-096A-05C
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: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 18 July 2023