This year, British astronaut Tim Peake took up his six-month post in the International Space Station. During his time there, the world watched as he opened the London Marathon chained to a treadmill, was chased by a gorilla and tweeted pictures from beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

There may be no more astonishing and grounding way to see the world; he described our planet as "a stunning oasis of life in the vastness of space."

Now, his photos feature in Hello, Is This Planet Earth?, a gorgeous coffee-table book full of his best stories of time in space and reflections on Earth. Here are 21 of our favourites.

Tim Peake reading in space

Tim Peake reading in space, the ISS

The lights of Naples and Rome light up Italy’s west coast

The Ionian Sea and Italy's boot from above

Looking to the east along the English Channel over London, Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam and Amsterdam

Brest, France by night

Ubar, Oman

Aerial shot of the Desert of Oman, by Tim Peake

Chegga, Tiris Zemmour Region, Mauritania

Chegga, Tiris Zemmour Region, Mauritania

London, England by night

London by night aerial, by Tim Peake

The Indus River cuts through the Zanskar mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir, India

Mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, India from above – by Tim Peake

Looking north over Malaysia into the Gulf of Thailand

The Gulf of Thailand, Asia

Dubai at night, the UAE

Aerial shot of Dubai by night, UAE

The aurora borealis dances over Calgary, Canada

The northern lights over Calgary, Canada

Pierre, South Dakota

Pierre, South Dakota, USA

The Heavenly Lake (Tenger nuur) in Damxung, Tibet, China

Damxung, Tibet, China

The Isle of Wight and England's south coast

The Isle of Wight from above, England

Aldabra Island, the Seychelles – Tim's dream holiday destination

Aldabra Islands, the Seychelles, Indian Ocean

The Viedma glacier in El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina

El Chalten, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Sand dunes in Illizi, Algeria

Algerian desert, aerial, Tim Peake

Mount Etna smoking away on Sicily, Italy

A smoking volcano, Catania, Italy

New York City, USA

Aerial of New York City

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

El Giza pyramids, Egypt from above

A patchwork of fields on the south coast of England

The patchwork of the south coast in the UK

The ISS robotic arm obstructs a view of Tunisia

The view of Tunisia from space by Tim Peake

Hello, Is This Planet Earth? By Tim Peake is available now, published by Century, Hardback, £20.00.