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Mars caverns, Earth’s lightning and Wyoming wildfire plumes

Great new photos this week from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs and the International Space Station! First up is a look at a quite unexpected hole in the ashy slope of Mars’ Pavonis Mons volcano. It appears to lead to an underground tunnel:

Photo and further info: apod.nasa.gov

Next up is yet another phenomenon that we take for granted on Earth but have never seen from quite this same angle. Aboard the International Space Station, however, astronauts are able to take photos of lightning as it rains down on Vientiane, Laos:

Photo and additional info: Gateway to Astronaut Photography

Finally, while here in Rochester, we’ve had one little brush fire, other parts of the country are dealing with considerably more dangerous stuff. In Wyoming, a forest fire has consumed over 48,000 acres. NASA astronauts were also able to capture this incredible photo of a fire plume stretching over what looks to be a lonely stretch of flat land:

Photo: here

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.