Stunning ISS View of Volcanos on Earth

by Nancy Atkinson on December 8, 2010

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.


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

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