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    Chris Hadfield Is Publishing A Book Of The Incredible Pictures He Took From Space

    Your coffee table just got a whole heap more awesome.

    So, this is incredible.

    Chris Hadfield took 45,000 photos while he was in space.

    He told Quartz that he'd been struck by the fact that a lot of people on social media had asked him to take pictures of their hometowns.

    He told the site: “To me that was delightful. At first I thought how narcissistic. But then when I thought about it, it struck me for two different reasons: people are proud of where they are from."

    "And they have an ache and a desire to see how they fit in with everything else. It’s a dawning self-awareness, like seeing yourself in a mirror for the very first time, but on a global scale.”

    He somehow managed to whittle the thousands of images down to 192 for his new book.

    He told CBC: "I wanted it to be as if the two of us were floating weightless in the copula and I was pointing to something with you. I wanted it to feel that way, because to me, that’s what really matters."

    The International Space Station orbits the earth 16 times a day, with each orbit taking 92 minutes.

    His images are stunning: Here's the Nile, with Jerusalem just visible to the Northeast.

    And this will give you a whole new perspective on Venice.

    Hadfield told CBC: "If you and I went a hundred times around the world together, you’d come back with sort of a sense of peaceful optimism within you about the planet."

    You can order the book here and here (for US readers).