Here are a few of our favourites.
The River Thames flows through the centre, with many of London’s famous bridges visible. The distinctive Isle of Dogs and Thames Barrier can also be seen. The central dark regions mark London’s royal parks, with Richmond park lower left.
Tonight’s waxing gibbous moonset. Goodnight, Earth :)
This is a normal phase of the Moon. ‘Gibbous’ means the moon is more than half illuminated. ‘Waxing’ means growing in illumination. Where’s the rest of the Moon? Well, you’re seeing the bottom half of the Moon through the top of Earth’s atmosphere, which is fluid and causes this refraction effect (a bit like the heat hazes you see over roads on a hot day).
‘Holiday Island.’ Towards the end of the mission, as we were starting to think more of home, we began planning our dream holidays. Each astronaut would pick their ultimate getaway island. This was mine.
From space it’s easy to see how nature has sculpted the landscape. This is Ennedi, in Chad.
Spotted a volcano smoking away on Russia’s far east coast this morning – heat has melted snow around the top.
These particular volcanoes are on the Kamchatka peninsula. The smoking one is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest mountain on Kamchatka and the highest active volcano of Eurasia.
Looking North from India, Mount Everest is in the middle right (the one with a cloud just off the summit). There’s a ridge that comes across which is Lhotse. Cho Oyu in China is in the centre.