Hello, is this planet Earth?…

British astronaut Tim Peake is publishing a book about the six months he spent on the International Space Station.

Hello, is this planet Earth? will follow Peake’s six-month long Principia mission, based on over 150 photographs he took while on board the ISS. It will be released on November 17.

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The book is described as “the perfect visual time capsule”, and comes with a personal commentary from Peake, “full of his characteristic warmth and charm”, with photos ranging from “breathtaking” aerial shots of cities illuminated at night, the northern lights and vistas of oceans, to mountains and deserts.

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The title of the book is inspired by Peake’s famous wrong number dialed from space, when he accidentally misdialed a woman from the Space Station and inquired, “Hello, is this planet Earth?”

Peake completed his mission working on the International Space Station for Expedition 46/47 in June. Speaking about the book, he said: “It’s impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet. During my mission I became determined to share this unique perspective of the one place we all call ‘home’.

This book captures a journey of discovery, not just the discovery of planet Earth – a stunning oasis of life in the vastness of space – but also the discovery of a newfound passion for photography, which has had a major impact on me. I hope readers enjoy leafing through these pages as much as I enjoyed taking these pictures.”

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