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Italy from Space

Magnifico!!  A shot of Italy from space, courtesy of NASA, taken by one of the "Expedition's 32 crew members aboard the International Space Station flying approximately 240 miles above the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 18, 2012."

It's so easy to see the entire boot,  with the night lights of Rome and Naples visible on the coast near the center. Sardinia and Corsica are just above left center of the photo, and Sicily is at lower left. What I find most interesting is that there is so much light, even though you know there is a lot of countryside in the various parts of the country. This photo also shows you just how big Sicily really is!