British astronaut Tim Peake has chronicled his space adventures in a new book, to be published in November.
Hello, Is This Planet Earth?, which is aimed at readers of all ages, colourfully describes Major Peake’s six-month sojourn aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
It includes 150 photographs taken by Major Peake, many of which have not been shown to the public before.
The book title was inspired by the astronaut’s famous wrong number call from space, when he accidentally misdialed a woman living near his parents in Chichester, Sussex.
Retired teacher Betty Barker, 79, took the call at 11pm on Christmas Eve and thought it was a prank.
Major Peake, the first British European Space Agency (Esa) astronaut on the ISS, was launched into space on December 15 last year. He landed back on Earth on the steppes of Kazakhstan on June 18.
During his mission, Major Peake conducted more than 100 scientific experiments and engaged with thousands of school children on Earth.
He also became the first British astronaut to complete a space walk and the first person to run the London marathon in space.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for “extraordinary service beyond our planet”.
All his proceeds from the book, published by Penguin Random House, will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
Major Peake 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 new-found 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.”
Hardback and electronic versions of the book will be on sale from November 17.
Ben Brusey, editorial director of Century, a Penguin Random House trade name, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to be working with Tim and Esa, and know that the public, both in Britain and around the world, will be inspired and delighted by this book, just as they were by Tim’s mission.
“Every page is chock-full of awe and wonder, and a uniquely British feel-good factor. It will surely be one of the very biggest books of the year.”