The Tanami Road (top-right) is the most direct route from Alice Springs to the Kimberley, passing through the Tanami Desert on a SE-NW direction.

The Tanami was the Northern Territory's final frontier and was not fully explored by Australians of European descent until well into the twentieth century.

The astronomer Eugene Shoemaker, best known for his co-discovery of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, died in a car accident while travelling along the Tanami Road in 1997.

Lake Lewis (pictured) is the furthest from the coast of Australia's salt lakes and lies at the southern edge of influence of the Australian monsoon regime.

The MacDonnell Ranges south of the lake intercept moist air masses crossing the region and efficiently deliver water and sediment to the lake and its surrounding alluvial plain.

Mount Wedge, the narrow ridgeline the road passes through at the top of the image is also visible at its western terminus and highest point of 1075 m (3527 ft) in my prior post.

The inset photograph was taken using an 1150mm lens from the Cupola of International Space Station.

This is the 6th post in a series using a selection of images taken during one pass over the continent.

The overlay photograph was taken 10 seconds after the image highlighted in my last post, during which time the @iss traveled* 70 km (44 miles) (*Between Nadir Points : distance over ground) on a SW-NE pass.

This image location is 77 km (48 miles) Due East of the prior post in the series.

Image Timestamp: 2015-08-03 07:07:25 UTC
ISS Nadir position: 23.38°S, 131.7°E
Image Geolocation: 22.874°S, 132.457°E

NASA Photo ID: ISS044-E-27583
Focal Length: 1150mm


  • Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
  • Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
  • Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
  • Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson