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See the world from space with Tim Peake

Feast your eyes on some of the amazing photos that Tim Peake took during his year on board the International Space Station.

 

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.

Over the Thames in London from the International Space Station

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

 

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

 

‘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

 

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

 

18 April 2016, Kamchatka, Russia

 

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

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.

Find out more about the author

Hello, is this planet Earth?

Tim Peake

THE OUT OF THE WORLD NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER and WINNER OF THE NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

The first book by astronaut Tim Peake - a mesmerising collection of over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the International Space Station, many of which have not been seen before. Includes a personal commentary from Tim. Tim’s proceeds received from the book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.

'It's impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet.'

I may have been 400km up, but I have never felt closer to Earth than when I was on board the International Space Station.

I'm delighted to share with you this collection of photographs with some of my thoughts from my mission. Although I briefly left the santuary of our planet, I rediscovered the wonder of the place we call home.

Hello, is this planet Earth? takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of Tim’s historic and inspirational six-month Principia mission. Based on over 150 of Tim’s stunning photographs that he took on board the international space station, many of which have not been seen before, this lavish collection showcases the beauty of earth from above, and is the perfect visual time capsule of Tim’s remarkable trip, which captured the imaginations of millions of children and adults across the world.

The book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, and comes with a personal commentary from Tim, full of his characteristic warmth and charm. The book includes breath-taking aerial photos of cities illuminated at night, the northern lights and unforgettable vistas of oceans, mountains and deserts. The title of the book is inspired by Tim’s famous ‘wrong number’ dialled from space, when he accidentally misdialled a woman from the space station and inquired, ‘Hello, is this planet Earth?’

During his mission, Tim conducted numerous ground-breaking science experiments and engaged the British public in ingenious ways. Tim became the first British astronaut to complete a spacewalk and the first person to run the London marathon in space. He spoke to hundreds of thousands of school children back on earth via events such as the Cosmic Classroom live from the ISS, engaging over 1 million children during the whole mission. He was also involved in other memorable events, such as presenting the BRIT Awards live from space in a dinner jacket. 24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans continue to follow his updates across social media.In the Queen’s birthday honours, Tim was made a companion of the order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim’s case, in space.

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