Tim shared over 400 pictures during his six-month Principia mission on the International Space Station, many from the European-built Cupola observatory and ESA has asked me to select Tim’s Top Twenty photographs that he took while on the International Space Station – and it was a privilege to do this.
ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image from the International Space Station during his six-month Principia mission. He commented: “I love orbiting over Africa – it is like flying over a canvas of art”. Professional photographer Max Alexander has known Tim Peake from before his launch into space and gave Tim photography tips during his mission. Max comments: “This picture of an African desert is all about texture and vibrant colour. It could also easily be taken for a satellite image of Mars – with its rusty orange tones. As Tim said – there are more similarities between Mars and the Earth than you think. “Follow Tim Peake via timpeake.esa.int
Photography is a common pastime for astronauts in space when they are not running research for scientists on Earth or maintaining the Station, but the cameras are also used to document experiments and take pictures for mission control. (more…)