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
The lights of Naples and Rome light up Italy’s west coast
Chegga, Tiris Zemmour Region, Mauritania
The Indus River cuts through the Zanskar mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Dubai at night, the UAE
Pierre, South Dakota
The Isle of Wight and England‘s south coast
Aldabra Island, the Seychelles – Tim’s dream holiday destination
The Viedma glacier in El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Sand dunes in Illizi, Algeria
The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
A patchwork of fields on the south coast of England
The ISS robotic arm obstructs a view of Tunisia
Hello, Is This Planet Earth? By Tim Peake is available now, published by Century, Hardback, £20.00.