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Spacewalker Snaps Volcanic Eruption
2006.06.08 (Thu) 11:58
Filed under "Just Really Keen," astronaut Jeffrey Williams noticed and photographed the eruption of the Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian island chain of Alaska two weeks ago. It's a phenomenal sight; check it out!
Looking down from the International Space Station, Expedition 13 member Williams was the first to report the eruption occurring about 220 miles (360 kilometers) below him. We're not sure that astronauts randomly noticing terrestrial events is the most, er, efficient proposal for an early warning system — it depends perhaps a bit too much on the astronaut happening to look out the window at the right moment — but it's still pretty neat. We'd give just about anything to see a volcano erupting from a vantage point in Earth orbit. Hell, forget the volcano — just get us up there in the first place, and we'll take pictures of whatever you want us to!
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