OnOrbit: October 2021

Thomas Pesquet: Dunes in the Sahara. Even though Frank Herbert wrote Dune before the first colour images of Earth were available, I imagine these images are much like how he imagined Arrakis.

Thomas Pesquet: Just like pretty much everyone, I happen to have read some classics of science fiction, even though I am by far and wide not obsessed by it.

The Canadarm2 robotic arm, in a folded configuration, is pictured attached to the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil.

Thomas Pesquet: A study in swirls: the clouds seem to spread out like a curtain to let us admire the islands underneath. Thanks, mother nature!

Thomas Pesquet: Most of the best #aurora pictures have now been shared, this one might not be the most striking, but I like the sense of perspective this aurora gives, under a moonlit sky.

Thomas Pesquet: When the airlock closes on your friends with a loud metallic sound, the atmosphere can quickly change from smiles and laughs to a more serious note in connection with the colleagues who will soon be hurtling through the atmosphere.

Thomas Pesquet: A fertile area in a desert region, by the Amu Darya river. Rivers bring water, and water brings life and food.

An aurora is pictured below the International Space Station as it was orbiting 274 miles above the southern Pacific Ocean just south of Auckland Island, New Zealand.

Thomas Pesquet: It is #12Octubre, Spain's national day, and here's the whole of the Iberian peninsula in one picture, including Spain and its neighbouring Portugal, from the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees.

This image, acquired on 29 September 2021 by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites, shows Mount Erebus on Ross Island in Antarctica.

Thomas Pesquet Bright orange lava sticks out an night, and drak grey smoke and ash sticks out during the day. The LaPalma volcano in the Canary Islands is making itself known to the world.

Thomas Pesquet: The coast of Namibia contrasts so beautifully against the blue of the Atlantic Ocean, a welcome sight after flying over the water and clouds.

Thomas Pesquet: The International Space Station flying proud and looking good. So strange to see our ship from the outside!!

The SpaceX Cargo Dragon resupply ship is pictured as it backs away from the International Space Station's forward-facing international docking adapter.

T. Pesquet : More crazy beautiful landscapes in Australia, I see fractals, watercolours and so much more!

The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying three Expedition 65 crewmates is pictured during its relocation maneuver from the Rassvet module to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module

Thomas Pesquet: Sometimes I look at the stars and think of all the other spacecraft out there.