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Tim Peake shares stunning pictures of the UK from space on his birthday

Tim Peake has shared a series of mesmerising images of Europe from the International Space Station.

British astronaut Tim Peake shared pictures of Britain to celebrate his birthday.
British astronaut Tim Peake shared pictures of Britain to celebrate his birthday. Image by Press Association

The astronaut has been floating in space since December 2015 on a six-month mission to run scientific experiments for researchers down on Earth. “Been some great night passes over Europe recently…I am waving!” he wrote on Twitter. As well as the stunning shot of the UK lying underneath the aurora borealis (aka the Northern Lights), Tim also posted pictures of northern Europe and Italy at night.

Tim is set to return home in around two months and celebrated his 44th birthday on the International Space Station on April 7.

(Press Association)