Last update: June 18th, 2019 at 9:00 am
This view of Lake Eyre Australia was taken by the space shuttle in 1990. The lake covers about 3,600 square miles and is the lowest point in Australia at about 50 feet below sea level. It also is an ephemeral salt lake that receives less than 5 inches of annual average precipitation.
Records indicate that the lake has only been completely filled with water three times in the 20th century–in 1950, 1974 and 1984. Part of the space Shuttle cargo bay is visible along the right edge of the image.
Also The lake was named by Europeans in honour of Edward John Eyre. He was the first European to see it, in 1840. The lake’s official name was changed in December 2012 to combine the name “Lake Eyre” with the indigenous name, Kati Thanda. The native title over the lake and surrounding region is held by the Arabana people.