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NASA astronaut tweets photo of Mt Taranaki

Published: 4:06PM Saturday January 12, 2013 Source: ONE News

A NASA astronaut has tweeted a photo of Mt Taranaki from the International Space station, 370 kilometres from Earth.

American astronaut Thomas Marshburn tweeted the photo of the 2518-metre-high active volcano earlier today.

"More volcano-spotting! Mt. Taranaki on New Zealand's North Island served as the backdrop in the movie The Last Samurai," read the photo's caption.

Marshburn, who claims more than 12,000 Twitter followers, has captured some of the world's most spectacular natural landmarks from his unique perspective.

Kyushu Island in South Japan, the Gobi desert and canyons located near the Arabian Peninsular are among the sights Marshburn has managed to capture when he has a break from conducting scientific experiments and carrying out maintenance work at the International Space Station.

Mashburn, along with a Russian and Dutch astronaut, blasted off in the Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's specially designed launching facility in Kazakhstan last month. The trio are expected to spend five months at the station before another team takes over.

Marshburn, who worked as a NASA flight surgeon before joining the astronaut corps in 2004, has one previous space shuttle flight in 2009 under his belt.