The Isle of Wight as captured by Cmdr Chris Hadfield. Picture courtesy of NASA, with thanks to the Canadian Space Agency.
THE Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) has captured an image of the Isle of Wight from space.
Cmdr Chris Hadfield yesterday (Wednesday) became the first Canadian to assume command of the ISS and throughout the day he posted photographs on Twitter of the Earth taken from onboard the space station.
Cmdr Hadfield tweeted: "The Isle of Wight looks like a jigsaw piece that needs to be moved up and in."
The incredible image has been shared around the world.
Following his appointment as commander of the ISS, Cmdr Hadfield said: "It is vital that tomorrow's generations have the confidence, tools and education, as well as the vision and drive, to continue our exploration and understanding of our place in the world, and our world's place in the rest of the universe.
"It is a tremendous honour to assume command of the ISS. I will do my best to acquit myself well, accomplish the utmost as a crew for all the international partners, and fully live and share the experience on behalf of so many around our world."
His appointment was met with a message of support from the Queen: "Our thoughts and best wishes are with him and the entire crew, as are our prayers for an eventual safe return to family, friends and fellow Canadians."
You can follow Cmdr Hadfield's messages on Twitter via @Cmdr_Hadfield.