The Fylde Coast, seen from space.
Everyone knows that Tim Peake is the second UK astronaut to go into space, and his mission to the International Space Station has done wonders to spark the interest of adults and children in science and engineering.
We'll not go into the point of a space programme here, save to say that many of the materials and systems that we take for granted in everyday life were developed initially for use in outer space.
One of the spin offs that most of us have enjoyed at some time is the view of the earth from space. It's the only place where we can get that far-away overview from, where we can see our blue and green planet floating in a dark inky blackness and wonder whether we really are alone. (I'll confess to being a space nerd at this point, it's my favourite subject!)
If you follow Tim Peake on social media you'll know that he has shared some stunning photographs of the earth and it's atmosphere as they pass overhead in the ISS in their daily orbit.
This photo is the north of England taken on 27.12.15 - you can see the Fylde Coast right in the middle of the photo - the UK is on it's side with Scotland at the left.
Photo: Tim Peake ESA
Have a look at these fantastic photos of the Fylde Coast, taken from Space.
With thanks and credit to the source of this information: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
ISS space photo of Ribble area taken 11.4.1994
Fylde Coast, photographed from International Space Station
Fylde Coast is the bump just above the thin ribbon of cloud - you can see Morecambe Bay to the left of us and the Liverpool Bay area to the right
ISS Space Photo of the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay, taken 26.1.1992
What you might not know is that there is a 'High Definition Earth Viewing System' (HDEV for short) on the International Space Station, mounted on the external payload of the European Space Agency's Columbus Module.
It's an experiment to monitor the rate at which HD video degrades in space, mainly from the damage of cosmic rays, to verify the effectiveness of the design of the housing. Four commercial HD video cameras are enclosed in pressurised and temperature controlled housings, each aimed in different directions at the earth. The four cameras switch on and off in a cycle in order to collect comparable data from each camera, the bonus of which is the different views of the earth.
We've shared these stunning photos of the Fylde Coast from space, but you can spend a cheerful hour looking around the archive at the rest of the UK and indeed the whole of the world.
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts a complete online collection of astronaut photography dating back to 1961.
Tip: Pin a search box on the Google map to find your space photos - don't make the box too small as it seems to work better with a bigger area.
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