PHOTO CAPTION GALILEO December 22, 1992 P-41474
This color image of North-East Africa and Arabia was taken from an altitude of about 500,000 kilometers (300,000 miles) by the Galileo spacecraft on December 9, 1992, as it left the Earth enroute to Jupiter. Most of Egypt (center left) including the Nile Valley, the Red Sea (slightly above center), Israel, Jordan, and the Arabian peninsula are cloud-free. In the center, below the cloud on the coast, is Khartoum, at the confluence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile. Somalia (lower right) is partly cloud- covered. The Galileo project, whose primary mission is the exploration of the Jupiter system in 1995-97, is managed for NASAy's Office of Space Science and Applications by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.