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Astronaut’s sensational shot of Malta at night

Malta is positively glowing in rocket man Tim Peake’s sensational shot of the Mediterranean at night from space.

This spectacular photo is just one of the images Tim, 45, took during his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station .

They are in his new book ‘Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space’, which is out now.

Tim, who returned from the space station in June, wrote: ‘Life on the ISS is extremely busy, but on Sundays we usually had some free time to call family and friends back home, whilst watching the world go by.’

Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s guide to life in space, and his answers to the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.

With explanations ranging from the mundane – how do you wash your clothes or go to the bathroom while in orbit? – to the profound –what’s the point of it all? – all written in Tim’s characteristically warm style.

From training for the mission to launch, to his historic spacewalk, to re-entry, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his groundbreaking experiments, and the wonders of daily life on board the space station.

The public was invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, and a selection are answered by Tim in the book, accompanied with illustrations, diagrams, and never-before-seen photos.