Tim signing the #spacerocks certificates that will be mailed with the patch. Credits: ESA

Update on Tim’s #spacerocks competition

Winners of Tim’s Twitter-based #spacerocks competition have been asking, “Where are the #spacerocks patch prizes?” The fact is they are still in space. They are scheduled for return on the SpaceX CRS-9 supply flight, which is expected...

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Last spacerocks winners 61-75 and thanks

Hello all! Tim’s #Spacerocks competition came to an exciting conclusion just before he returned to Earth in June, after generating massive awareness in ESA's Principia mission. Watch out in the next weeks for news of when your...

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First news conference back on Earth

The first news conference with ESA astronaut Tim Peake on return to Earth after spending 186 days in space on the International Space Station on his Principia mission. The media event was held at ESA’s astronaut centre...

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First interview back on Earth

This interview with ESA astronaut Tim Peake was recorded in Cologne, Germany, one day after his return from a six-month stay on the International Space Station. Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko landed...

Tim Peake phones home. Credits: NASA

Deorbit and landing

The deorbit and landing went incredibly smoothly with Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko landing at 09:14 GMT in the steppe of Kazakhstan. The large deorbit burn that reduced the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft's speed by...

Credits: NASA

Undocking – heading home

At 05:52 the Soyuz TMA-19M with Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko separated from the International Space Station and was pushed away by springs in the docking mechanism. It drifted slowly away at a speed of 0.12 m/s...

Closing the hatch. Credits: NASA

Hatch closed

Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko entered their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft and closed the hatch to the International Space Station at 02:34 with the Space Station hatch closed one minute later. Long leak-tests await the trio...

Tim has exquisitely captured the sun’s ‘glint’ as it moves around the Earth, which catches the water along the way. This is a tough shot to make – to get the ‘right’ exposure in a high contrast situation – and Tim has expertly pitched the tones just right here.

Tim’s top 20

The 20 best images taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake selected by photographer Max Alexander. Tim shared over 400 pictures during his six-month Principia mission on the International Space Station, many from the European-built Cupola observatory. Photography...

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft has been waiting patiently for six months to return to Earth. Credits: ESA/NASA
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Live: Tim returns to Earth

Watch the return of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Soyuz spacecraft commander Yuri Malenchenko on Saturday, 18 June. After 186 days in space for his Principia mission on the International Space Station, it...

Just before dawn. Credits: ESA/NASA

Max Alexander’s space photography tips for Tim

Ever wonder how Tim takes such amazing pictures from space? Behind all good work is a great teacher: professional photographer Max Alexander has known Tim Peake from before his launch into space, including documenting his Soyuz training...