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In 2009, the International Space Station flew over the Sarychev Volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula just as it was erupting and punching a spectacular hole in the clouds. The photos and videos of it are some of the best we’ve ever seen of an erupting volcano from above. Take a look at the pyroclastic flows streaming down the sides of the peak as the station passes (shaking is the camera position adjusting as the ISS moves).

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This Image was taken from the International Space Station nearly 12 years ago on July 21, 2003. Think of it, the Earth’s Space Station - Humanity’s Space Station - is now more than 16 years old. Before that humanity had separate stations, but now we explore the grandest of mysteries united. This great effort of space exploration demands peaceful compromise and cooperation. There are now millions of children who know space in this way. So, when you feel that life is heavy. If the news tells you that we have failed. If you are beginning to loose hope. Just look up. Know that this is the future of our Species: On a Station orbiting Earth once every 90 minutes, the peaceful ascent of humanity into the Solar System has begun. This is the beginning of our great journey.

“If we crave some cosmic purpose, let us find ourselves a worthy goal“

~ Carl Sagan

Credit: NASA Earth-Sun Day

Lightning illuminates the area it strikes on Earth but the flash can be seen from space, too. This image was taken from 400 km above Earth in 2012 by an astronaut on the International Space Station travelling at 28 800 km/h. At these distances a camera flash is pointless to take night-time images of Earth, but our planet moves by so quickly images can end up being blurred.

A short video timelapse of this sequence can be found here showing the thunderstorm passing underneath the International Space Station.

Credits: ESA/NASA

Comet Lovejoy - Seen from the International Space Station

Comet Lovejoy, formally designated C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), is a long-period comet and Kreutz Sungrazer. It was discovered in November 2011 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. The comet’s perihelion (point of of closest distance to the sun) took it through the Sun’s corona on 16 December 2011, after which it emerged intact, though greatly impacted by the event

Credit: NASA/Astronaught Dan Burbank