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Stunning ISS View of Volcanos on Earth

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 currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • tripleclean December 8, 2010, 4:49 PM

    KAL 007 got shot down some where around there.

  • postman1 December 8, 2010, 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, 12:49 AM

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