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Space station photo shows Mauna Kea in afternoon light

  • NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY NASA released this image of Mauna Kea taken from the International Space Station on Nov. 1. The image has been cropped an enhanced to improve contrast.

NASA’s Earth Observatory released a stunning picture of Mauna Kea, taken in the late afternoon, from the International Space Station last month.

The afternoon light and angle of the photo accentuates shadows, cinder cones and the white domes of the observatories along the crater rim, giving the photo an almost three-dimensional appearance.

The observatories appear as small white dots on the rim of Mauna Kea.

NASA posted the photo on its Earth Observatory website as its image of the day on Monday.

It was taken on Nov. 1 at about 5 p.m. as the space station passed over Hawaii.

The astronaut, a member of the Expedition 45 crew, used a Nikon D4 digital camera and an 800-millimeter lens.

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