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STS058-73-24
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Spacecraft nadir point: 38.4° N, 15.2° E

Photo center point: 41.0° N, 14.0° E

Nadir to Photo Center: North

Spacecraft Altitude: 157 nautical miles (291km)
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Image Caption: Mt. Vesuvius & Naples

The ancient eruption of Vesuvius (the volcanoe near the center of the frame) destroyed the town of Pompeii located on the southeast flank. But the larger town of Naples, between Vesuvius (to the south) and the large, circular, lake-filled caldera of Campi Flegrei (to the west) is also close to volcanic hazards. In this view, Naples is the gray urban area with substantial coastal development just northwest of Vesuvius. Other landmarks marking the Italian coast include the small island of Capri, just off the west-pointing peninsula, and the city of Salerno on the coast just south of the same peninsula.