One of several space program related Christmas presents I received.
This book by British astronaut Tim Peake displays a selection of the photos he took during his 186 day mission to the International Space Station.
Each photo is accompanied by a brief comment by Peake, as well as a small map showing the approximate location of the ISS when the photo was taken.
At first I thought the brevity of the written content might detract from the book, but it doesn’t. The photographs are stunning, and Peake writes enough about each one to help the reader understand what is depicted in them.
Some subjects are obvious – the distinctive shape of Italy can’t be mistaken, even at night, but other photos aren’t as recognisable without the aid of the commentary.
The title of the book apparently comes from a wrong number called by Peake. Trying to phone a friend or family member from the ISS, he asked the puzzled call recipient, “Hello, is this planet earth”?
All proceeds from the sale of the book go to support The Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’ charity aiding disadvantaged youth. Peake is an Ambassador for the charity.