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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS085-750-57 Date: Aug. 1997
Geographic Region: MALTA

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  STS085-750-057 Malta August 1997
Although small in size (122 square miles-316 square km), the independent republic of Malta is strategically located midway between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal in the Mediterranean Sea. The country is made up of three inhabited islands that are visible in this image: the island of Malta, the largest, Gozo, and Comino, the smallest, is situated between the two larger islands. The capital and largest city, Valletta, is mainly built on a rocky peninsula along the northeast coast of Malta. Valletta can be identified even on this small image where the peninsula extends northeast between two natural harbors (small, narrow, dark features). The geological faulting in this area has produced numerous fine natural harbors around the periphery of Malta. Although the islands are composed of sedimentary rocks, mainly limestone and clays, the alkaline soils provide fertile conditions for the well-established agricultural economy. Precipitation amounts can be a problem in that the islands average only about 12 inches (32 cm) per year. Malta has few natural resources so the growth of tourism, especially since World War II, has gradually added to the Maltese economy.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 223k
Mission: STS085  
Roll - Frame: 750 - 57
Geographical Name: MALTA  
Center Lat x Lon: 36.0N x 14.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt:   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction:   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
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Date: 199708__   YYYYMMDD
Nadir Lat: N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth:   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude:   nautical miles
Sun Elevation:   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: ISLAND  
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