NASA image reveals the enormous Raikoke volcano erupting from space

NASA image reveals the enormous Raikoke volcano erupting from space

June 27, 2019 2 By zazolin

Stunning NASA image reveals the enormous Raikoke volcano erupting from space as astronauts snap the picture from the ISS

Raikoke volcano is on an uninhabited island on a Russian peninsula
On June 22 2019 the giant volcano erupted for the fist time in nearly a century
Nobody was hurt but the plumes of volcanic debris were sent up to 10 miles high
Images from NASA satellites and astronauts on the ISS captured the event

Mother Nature’s incredible power has been caught on camera by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) who captured the huge Raikoke volcano erupting.

The mountain is found in an uninhabitable peninsula of Russia and the enormous eruption was captured by the orbiting ISS who captured the destruction from above.

Nobody was injured in the eruption which saw debris thrown into the air in a vast plume.

The eruption occurred on June 22 and was the first time the volcano had stirred in nearly 100 years.

The volcano sent a mass of ash and volcanic debris soaring up to ten miles into the sky.

Its thick plume was captured on camera by astronauts and also by a range of NASA satellites.

‘Several satellites—as well as astronauts on the International Space Station—observed as a thick plume rose,’ Nasa said in a statement.

‘It streamed east as it was pulled into the circulation of a storm in the North Pacific.’

The ISS is an orbiting laboratory which houses astronauts from around the world and circles the globe at 250 miles (400 km) above the surface.

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.

He previously posted the Aurora Borealis from above which became NASA’s image of the week.

Famed astronaut Scott Kelly also famously took a picture showing the Earth enclosed in a red hue in 2015.

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.

It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low-gravity or oxygen.

ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

The US space agency, Nasa, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, a level of funding that is endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.

A U.S. House of Representatives committee that oversees 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.