Tim Peake Tweets His First Picture from Space Showing Beautiful Earth Covered in Clouds + Broadcast From the International Space Station!

Tim Peake Tweets His First Picture from Space Showing Beautiful Earth Covered in Clouds + Broadcast From the International Space Station!

British astronaut Tim Peake, who blasted off into orbit on December 15th and arrived on International Space Station (ISS) following a six-and-a-half-hour journey from Kazakhstan, tweeted his first picture from space on Friday night.

"Photo from today - not much chance to play with the camera yet! Goodnight from space." he said.

Tim Peake's first photo showed the beautiful Earth covered in clouds.

Since his arrival on ISS, along with two Soyuz crew mates, Tim has had a busy schedule. He settled into life aboard ISS with some Earthly comforts - a bacon sandwich and tea - while describing the first few hours on ISS as "busy but incredible". He performed some fitness exercises and also carried out experiments for scientists back on Earth.

According to Tim, "blackness of space" is the thing that has surprised him most since arriving on ISS.

"We always talk about seeing the view of planet earth and how beautiful it is so you come to expect that." Peake said during his first press conference on Friday.

"What people don't mention that much is when you look the opposite direction and you see how dark space is - I mean it's the blackest black and you see how small the Earth is in that blackness. That was a real surprise to me." he said.

During the press conference, the British astronaut spoke to journalists who had gathered at the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne, Germany. Tim talked about his first experiences aboard the space station, describing the life in space as "way beyond his expectations".

Major Peake also retweeted a message from Paul McCartney, the musician and Beatles star, who had congratulated Peake on his journey.

"Congratulations on your great journey. My family is very excited and I am living your journey vicariously through you. Great stuff, have a brilliant, interesting and peaceful time up there. Enjoy the view!" Paul McCartney wrote in the message.

Peake replied that all the crew on the space station are fans of the band.

"It seems that space and music have something in common when it comes to breaking down barriers – certainly all the crew on the International Space Station are Beatles fans and were equally delighted when I told them you had written! With best regards (from somewhere over the Pacific!)" Tim said.

And... here's the awesome (!) broadcast from the ISS (International Space Station) and Major Tim Peake on YouTube:





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