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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: STS104-710-60 Date: Jul. 2001
Geographic Region: ITALY
Feature: MOUNT VESUVIUS, NAPLES

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  For more than 240 million years the region now known as Italy has been the scene of episodic volcanic activity. East-southeast of Napoli (Naples) stands the imposing cone of Vesuvius, which erupted explosively in 79 A.D. to bury Pompeii and Herculaneum. More recently, when the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-104 captured this view, Mt. Etna (Sicily, not seen in this image, but photographed the day before) was spewing ash and gas thousands of meters into the air, some of which can be seen as a brownish smear over Isola dí Ischia and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Appenine ranges extend from northern Italy, down the boot of the peninsula and westward into Sicily. This photograph of the Appenino Napoletano is part of an 18-frame stereophoto mapping strip that spans the entire mountain chain. The almost 1200-km-long belt of volcanoes and folded/faulted mountains is a result of the ongoing collision of Africa and Eurasia, accompanied by the progressive closing of the Mediterranean Sea. Using overlapping pairs of stereophotos, and a special viewer, scientists can get a three-dimensional perspective on the ranges that surpasses any image viewed alone.
 
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 97k
Mission: STS104  
Roll - Frame: 710 - 60
Geographical Name: ITALY  
Features: MOUNT VESUVIUS, NAPLES  
Center Lat x Lon: 41.0N x 15.0E
Film Exposure:   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 10
 
Camera: HB
 
Camera Tilt: 19   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
 
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: SE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?:   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 171  
 
Date: 20010723   YYYYMMDD
Time: 054256   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 42.0N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 14.3E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 80   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 210   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 19   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: MOUNTAIN, PENINSULA  
Water Views: SEA  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views:  
City Views: NAPLES, NAPOLI  
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