You Should See The Photos Tim Peake Took From Space

These beat your mid-flight Instagrams hands down.

1. Tim Peake, the British astronaut who spent six months on board the International Space Station, posted some amazing photos from space. Like this one he took of London.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA

When he uploaded the photo to Flickr, he captioned it: “London midnight Saturday - I’d rather be up here…but only just!!”

2. Near the beginning of the mission, Peake had a photography lesson from fellow astronaut Scott Kelly.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Magical aurora over northern Canada, taken from a point just north of Vancouver. Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper national parks in foreground.”

3. And his space photography game really stepped up.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“As the International Space Station orbits Earth astronauts can see 16 sunrises every 24 hours.”

4. He’s not bad at Earth photography either.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Looking down on the Rockies.”

5. Here’s the UK and France at night.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Looking to the East along the Channel with UK on the left and France on the right. The streetlights from the densely populated London, Paris and Brussels glow brightly in the centre of the picture.”

6. An aurora on the horizon.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

These lights are over Sri Lanka.

7. And the moment a sunrise meets an aurora.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

8. This sunrise is pretty spectacular.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

9. As is the moment the International Space Station flew through an aurora.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

10. Here’s an unusual view of the Alps.

Tim Peake / ESA / NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Nice, Cannes, St Tropez and Toulon in the centre, and Mediterranean at the top.”

11. This aerial scene of a glacial river in Patagonia.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Beautiful glacial river water flowing from this Patagonian ice field.”

12. Here’s a pristine looking iceberg.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Granted - not the most exciting pic ever but this iceberg drifting off Antarctica is about the size of London.”

13. This is Hawaii’s Oahu island.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

14. Italy as seen from space, all lit up at night.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

15. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft photobombing a picture of Dubai.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“I’ve been waiting to get a picture of The Palms, Dubai and then this happened just prior to capture :)”

16. The Bahamas looking dreamy from orbit.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

17. A volcano smoking in Russia.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

18. Faraway Egyptian pyramids.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Can’t see the Pyramids with the naked eye from space but this is the view through an 800mm lens.”

19. Venus just before sunrise.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

20. New York from above.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Manhattan island in the middle, North is left. The rectangular Central Park very visible. Jersey City and Newark Bay to the bottom.”

21. Sand dunes in Saudi Arabia.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

22. The Grand Canyon.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

“Hard to appreciate from space that the Grand Canyon is over a mile deep.”

23. Some Cubesats leaving the Japanese airlock on the ISS.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

24. The Milky Way rising above the horizon.

ESA/NASA / Via Flickr: timpeake

25. Before returning to Earth on 18 June, Peake shared one last wonderful image.

Tim Peake / Via Twitter: @astro_timpeake

“Time to put on some weight! What an incredible journey it has been– thank you for following & see you back on Earth!”

You can follow Tim on Instagram and Flickr too see more of his magical space photos.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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