12 December 2016

Tim Peake’s incredible journey into space captured the imaginations of children and adults all over his home planet.

His book, Hello, is this planet Earth? brings together the kind of photos that only a handful of human beings will ever get a chance to take, along with Tim’s stories and observations from his time on the International Space station.

Here are a few of our favourites.

, London, England

30 January 2016, London, England

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.

19 May 2016, Bering Sea

19 May 2016, Bering Sea

Hello, is this planet Earth?

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).

11 June 2016, Aldabra Islands, Seychelles

11 June 2016, Aldabra Islands, Seychelles

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‘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.

27 February 2016, Ounianga Serir, Ennedi, Chad

27 February 2016, Ounianga Serir, Ennedi, Chad

Hello, is this planet Earth?

From space it’s easy to see how nature has sculpted the landscape. This is Ennedi, in Chad.

18 April 2016, Kamchatka, Russia

18 April 2016, Kamchatka, Russia

Hello, is this planet Earth?

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.

12 April 2016, Namche Bazar, Nepal

12 April 2016, Namche Bazar, Nepal

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.

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