Space Mountain

Photo taken from orbit by ISS Expedition 27 astronaut Ron Garan

Colombia’s Pico de Cristobal Colon rises into the sky in this beautiful photo taken on July 9 by Ron Garan, a NASA astronaut and Expedition 27 flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.

Pico de Cristobal Colon (Spanish for “Christopher Columbus’ Peak) is the highest mountain in Colombia and the fifth most prominent in the world. Its elevation is listed as 5,700 meters (18,701 ft). It makes for a dramatic feature in this image… click here to see the incredible full size version!

Ron Garan posts photos from orbit on Twitter and his website often, sharing his unique and privileged perspective on our world. Founded by Garan, Fragile Oasis is a site that supports and publicizes many global projects supporting humanitarian and environmental missions. Visit, become a member, and you too can “learn, act, and make a difference.” After all, who better than an astronaut would know how much our world is connected, and how fragile it really is!

Image: NASA/Ron Garan


  1. IzaakMak says:

    Incredible image, but I’m curious as to what the “smokestack” like object in the lower center might be?


    1. J. Major says:

      That’s actually just a cloud over a brighter surface region….check out the full size image to resolve it better:


      1. IzaakMak says:

        Thanks! I missed it the first time.


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