Richat Structure, Mauritania, from Shuttle

Richat Structure, Mauritania, from Shuttle

E620/0234 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 69.6MB

Downloadable file size: 5.3MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert, seen from Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-37. The Richat Structure is 40km across and was originally thought to be a meteorite impact crater. More recent analysis has led to the conclusion that the Structure was an uplifted dome of rocks, subsequent erosion of the 'roof' of the dome having exposed this cross-sectional 'slice' through the various layers. The Richat Structure is in Mauritania, and was first photographed from space from a Gemini spacecraft in 1965. Shuttle Mission STS-37 flew between 5-11 April 1991, with the primary task of launching the Gamma Ray Observatory satellite.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: desert landscape, discovery, environment, from space, geography, mauritania, mission sts-37, richat structure, sahara desert, shuttle, space shuttle discovery

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.