Stunning ISS View of Volcanos on Earth

by Nancy Atkinson on December 8, 2010

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Several volcanoes in Russia, as seen by astronauts on the ISS. Credit: NAS

What a view! This photograph taken by one of the astronauts on the International Space Station shows several snow-covered volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. It also illustrates one of the unique attributes of the ISS —the ability to view landscapes at an angle, rather than the straight-down view typical of many satellite-based sensors. This oblique view, together with shadows cast by the volcanoes and mountains, provides a unique view — as well as a different perspective about the topography of the region.



See more about this image at NASA’s Earth Observatory website.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

tripleclean December 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM

KAL 007 got shot down some where around there.

postman1 December 8, 2010 at 7:40 PM

I read recently that several of the Kamchatkan volcanoes had been erupting (USGS), although I don’t see any evidence of that here. Have they stopped, or is this just a different area? Nice clear shot, wonder what type camera was used.

Feenixx December 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM

a Nikon D3S with an 800 mm lens, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory info.

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