In his time in space, British astronaut Tim Peake has amazed people on Earth’s surface by posting pictures of what he’s seen on social media. Peake is the first British European Space Agency astronaut and has been aboard the International Space Station for the past six months. Now, as he is set to return to Earth on 18 June, a new map helps give some context to his amazing images, showing where more than 200 different photos were taken.
The map was created by Esri UK, a company that develops mapping technology, using photos by Tim Peake. A 3D version of the map can be seen here. Peake and his colleagues Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra will return to Earth on Saturday, which actually extends their mission by about two weeks. Their extended stay is to prolong the time in which there is a full crew of six on board the ISS, as there is generally only a few days between when the next team travels to the station. Three new astronauts will head to the station on 21 June. The team includes Russian commander Anatoli Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi of Japan and Kathleen Rubins of NASA.