Taken from high above the Big Island–miles and miles above–Mauna Kea stands out in this image taken last month by an Expedition 45 crew member aboard the International Space Station.
Several of the volcano’s cinder cones are clearly visible, and you can even make out the observatories at the summit.
Having been up Mauna Kea several times and seen some of the cones firsthand, we were still surprised by the number and height that this photo reveals.
See more about this photo, how it was taken, and the area at http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=87059.
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