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  Image: Geographic Location Direction Photo #: NM21-771-75 Date: Jul. 1996
Geographic Region: ITALY

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  NM21-771-075 Mt. Vesuvius Area, Italy Spring/Summer 1996
The oval-shaped crater of Mt. Vesuvius (circular feature in the center of the image) is encircled by the urban sprawl of Naples and many smaller urban areas along this section of the southwest coast of Italy. Naples, a major seaport and Italy's third largest city, is located along the north coast of the Gulf of Naples and is an arm of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Mt. Vesuvius' summit stands at 4200 feet (1281 meters) above sea level. It is the famous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. that destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Ercolano. Mt. Vesuvius, now dormant, had its last major eruption in 1944. The steep calderas wall of Somma Volcano, an earlier stratovolcano, is visible several thousand feet north of the Vesuvius' crater. The darker-looking landscape shows the area of dense vegetation, while the lighter terrain is created by assorted human activities either in the form of cities, an extensive ground transportation network and agricultural operations. The rugged, mountainous Sorrento Peninsula (upper left corner) contrasts color wise with the more densely populated hilly scene that prevails over much of the terrain surrounding Mt. Vesuvius.
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Images: All Available Images Low-Resolution 377k
Mission: NM21  
Roll - Frame: 771 - 75
Geographical Name: ITALY  
Center Lat x Lon: 41.0N x 14.5E
Film Exposure: N   N=Normal exposure, U=Under exposed, O=Over exposed, F=out of Focus
Percentage of Cloud Cover-CLDP: 0
Camera: HB
Camera Tilt: 44   LO=Low Oblique, HO=High Oblique, NV=Near Vertical
Camera Focal Length: 250  
Nadir to Photo Center Direction: NE   The direction from the nadir to the center point, N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West
Stereo?: Y   Y=Yes there is an adjacent picture of the same area, N=No there isn't
Orbit Number: 999  
Date: 19960710   YYYYMMDD
Time: 070449   GMT HHMMSS
Nadir Lat: 38.5N  
Latitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Nadir Lon: 12.4E  
Longitude of suborbital point of spacecraft
Sun Azimuth: 88   Clockwise angle in degrees from north to the sun measured at the nadir point
Space Craft Altitude: 206   nautical miles
Sun Elevation: 34   Angle in degrees between the horizon and the sun, measured at the nadir point
Land Views: VOLCANO  
Water Views: GULF  
Atmosphere Views:  
Man Made Views: URBAN AREA  
City Views:  
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