Nature’s formidable power has been captured on camera by NASA astronauts on the International Space Station after filming the Raikoke volcano eruption. The Raikoke volcano is located in an uninhabitable area of Russia and the violent eruption was filmed by the orbiting International Space Station which witnessed the explosion from above. The eruption saw debris spewed into the atmosphere in an enormous plume.
It occurred on Tuesday, June 22 and was the first time the volcano had stirred in almost a century.
The Raikoke volcano blasted a mass of ash and volcanic debris ten miles into the sky.
The volcano’s thick plume was captured on camera by NASA astronauts along with an array of satellites.
A NASA spokesman said: “Several satellites—as well as astronauts on the International Space Station—observed as a thick plume rose.
“It streamed east as it was pulled into the circulation of a storm in the North Pacific.”
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The International Space Station is an orbiting laboratory which houses astronauts from around the world and travels around the world 250 miles (400 km) above the globe.
Several awe-inspiring images have emerged after ISS astronauts take images from their unique vantage point.
Ricky Arnold, a NASA astronaut, has an Instagram account dedicated to his pictures.
The NASA astronaut previously posted the Aurora Borealis from above which became NASA’s image of the week.
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Famed astronaut Scott Kelly also famously took a 2015 picture showing the Earth bathed in a red hue.
What is the International Space Station?
The International Space Station is a £120billion science and engineering laboratory orbiting Earth.
The ISS has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
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Research conducted aboard the International Space Station requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low-gravity or oxygen.
Scientific studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
US space agency NASA spends approximately £2.4billion annually on the space station program, a level of funding endorsed by the US President and Congress.
The US House of Representatives committee overseeing NASA has begun looking at whether to extend the program beyond 2024.
Alternatively the money could be used to speed up planned human space initiatives to the moon and Mars.