Cmdr Chris Hadfield's photograph of the Isle of Wight, taken from the International Space Station.
ASTRONAUT Cmdr Chris Hadfield, who captured an incredible image of the Isle of Wight, taken from the International Space Station, has sent a message to Island fans.
The message came via Islander Tim Pritchard, who met the Canadian astronaut at a book signing for Cmdr Hadfield's An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth in London at the weekend.
Cmdr Hadfield became well-known for his breath-taking photographs, taken from space, during his time on the International Space Station earlier this year.
He helped to promote the work being done on the ISS through twitter, via @Cmdr_Hadfield, and with a weightless rendition of David Bowie's Space Oddity that became an internet sensation.
Tim, who queued for more than two hours to get his copy of the book signed, took the opportunity to record a short message for Islanders from Cmdr Hadfield.
Cmdr Hadfield said: "Hi this is Cmdr Chris Hadfield. I took the best possible picture I could of the Isle of Wight and I just wanted to say hi to everyone"
"Maybe someday I will get the chance to come visit in person."
Tim said: "He's a genuinely really, really lovely man, took time to talk to everyone as much as his time would allow, and even bellowed out a very loud rendition of Happy Birthday for someone."
Avid space fan Tim added: "I didn't really know what to expect, queue wise, but was really pleased to see over 600 people show up. It's amazing that the commander has brought the attention of space back to the masses, making it cool again.
"People are actually learning about space, and kids can look up to astronauts again, like they would have done in the late 60's/early 70's."
See the message below: