Space Image: The Italian Boot

Sep 07, 2012
Image Credit: NASA

(Phys.org)—This oblique, night time panorama of much of Europe was photographed by one of the Expedition 32 crew members aboard the International Space Station flying approximately 240 miles above the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 18, 2012.

The country of Italy is visible running diagonally southward from the horizon across the center of the frame, with the night lights of Rome and Naples being visible on the coast near the center.

Sardinia and Corsica are just above left center of the photo, and Sicily is at lower left.

The Adriatic Sea is on the other side of Italy, and beyond it to the east and north can be seen parts of several other European nations.

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Anda
not rated yet Sep 07, 2012
That's proof that Sicilia's always been given a kick from continental Italy.
Kind of a joke... or not, got family there. Nice pic.
The Singularity
5 / 5 (3) Sep 07, 2012
"This oblique, night time panorama of NOT much of Europe" - There you go, fixed.
Deathclock
1 / 5 (1) Sep 07, 2012
This is a still from an amazing time-lapse video that you should look for on youtube...