A NASA astronaut has today tweeted out a picture of Mt Taranaki as seen from the International Space Station.
Thomas H. Marshburn, who has just over 12,000 followers on Twitter, sent a message at about 12:45pm New Zealand time.
“More volcano-spotting! Mt. Taranaki on New Zealand’s North Island served as the backdrop in the movie The Last Samurai,” he said.
The photo shows a clear view of the 2518-metre-high mountain, with the Taranaki coastline seen to the west.
Mt Taranaki is known as one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world and, because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji, was used at the backdrop for The Last Samurai.