Astronaut David Saint-Jacques captured from ISS Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii Island.
Dormant Mauna Kea with 4,207.3m peak is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. Most of the volcano is underwater, and when measured from its oceanic base, Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, measuring over 10,000m in height. Mauna Kea is about a million years old, and has thus passed the most active shield stage of life hundreds of thousands of years ago. In Hawaiian mythology, the peaks of the island of Hawaii are sacred. An ancient law allowed only high-ranking aliʻi to visit its peak. With its high elevation, dry environment, and stable airflow, Mauna Kea’s summit is one of the best sites in the world for astronomical observation with 13 telescopes funded by 11 countries have been in operation. However, their construction on a landscape considered sacred by Native Hawaiians continues to be a topic of debate to this day.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.