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This year, British astronaut Tim Peake took up his six-month post in the International Space Station. During his time there, the world watched as he opened the London Marathon chained to a treadmill, was chased by a gorilla and tweeted pictures from beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

There may be no more astonishing and grounding way to see the world; he described our planet as “a stunning oasis of life in the vastness of space.”

Now, his photos feature in Hello, Is This Planet Earth?, a gorgeous coffee-table book full of his best stories of time in space and reflections on Earth. Here are 21 of our favourites.

Tim Peake reading in space

One of the most popular trips in Bolivia, and some travellers’ sole reason for crossing the border, is a chance to hurtle down the infamous Death Road. This hair-raising adventure involves a 3500m descent along the old road from La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas.

Be careful when planning a trip, though – cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on this rough, narrow track chiselled out of near-vertical mountainsides, and you must choose a tour operator with great care.