The Sinai Peninsula, as seen from the space shuttle Challenger (mission STS-41G) in October 1984. Clearly visible, stretching from the Mediterranean on the right through the Great Bitter Lake to the Red Sea, is the Suez Canal, scene of the Suez Crisis of 1956, a half-century ago this year. Those momentous events are recalled and assessed in this issue by Michael Coles, a former Royal Navy officer.
The photo appears in The Home Planet (1988), edited by Kevin W. Kelley for the Association of Space Explorers in Houston, Texas, by courtesy of which we reproduce it.
Volume 59, Number 4