The amazing image is of the Pavlof volcano erupting in the Aleutian arc and was captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The ISS provides a platform to conduct scientific research. While small unmanned spacecraft can provide platforms for zero gravity and exposure to space, space stations offer a long term environment where studies can be performed potentially for decades, combined with ready access by human researchers over periods that exceed the capabilities of manned spacecraft. Continue reading for more amazing photographs captured from the ISS.