Bournemouth - as you've never seen it before

Bournemouth Echo: The Dorset coast from space The Dorset coast from space

Ever wondered what Bournemouth looks like from space? Thanks to an astronaut on board the International Space Station you need wonder no longer.

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield posted this picture, showing the coast from west of Southampton to east of Weymouth, on his Twitter page.

It clearly shows the recognisable Bournemouth and Poole coastline and Poole Bay, with the conurbation, Sandbanks peninsula and Swanage lit up.

The astronaut, who is living on board the space station and working as a flight engineer, posted it asking people for confirmation that it was the Bournemouth area he had photographed.

Last month, he also posted a daytime picture of the Dorset coast, this time looking from land towards the sea.

Cmdr Hadfield's son, Evan, told the Daily Echo: “The photos themselves are taken in the cupola of the Space Station in Chris' off-time.”

Cmdr Hadfield is in line to be commander of the next expedition on the ISS.

Find Cmdr Hadfield on Twitter on @Cmdr_Hadfield.

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5:22pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Ste-V-e says...

Wow.
Wow. Ste-V-e

7:19pm Wed 13 Feb 13

scrumpyjack says...

I can see the pub from there.
I can see the pub from there. scrumpyjack

7:51pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Edna Cheese (Mrs) says...

I never realised Swanage was shaped like a Vulcan bomber.
I never realised Swanage was shaped like a Vulcan bomber. Edna Cheese (Mrs)

8:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Lewcee says...

Edna - you're right, it does look like a Vulcan,,,Swanage is probably cheaper to run though!
What great pics Echo - thanks.
Edna - you're right, it does look like a Vulcan,,,Swanage is probably cheaper to run though! What great pics Echo - thanks. Lewcee

8:42pm Wed 13 Feb 13

twynham says...

Well worth following @Cmdr_Hadfield.
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Some amazing photos from the ISS.
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And you can talk to him. IN SPACE!
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Pretty good singer & guitar picker as well.
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He played with Barenaked Ladies this week FROM SPACE!
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See it here, amazing.
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http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=AvAnfi8Wp
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If you don't like the music f/f to the end.
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I'm old enough to remember the original but he's my 21st Century Dan Dare!
Well worth following @Cmdr_Hadfield. . Some amazing photos from the ISS. . And you can talk to him. IN SPACE! . Pretty good singer & guitar picker as well. . He played with Barenaked Ladies this week FROM SPACE! . See it here, amazing. . http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=AvAnfi8Wp VE . If you don't like the music f/f to the end. . I'm old enough to remember the original but he's my 21st Century Dan Dare! twynham

10:50am Thu 14 Feb 13

TheDistrict says...

Brilliant photographs, and much more on Twitter. Thank Cdr Hadfield, sir.
Brilliant photographs, and much more on Twitter. Thank Cdr Hadfield, sir. TheDistrict

11:52am Thu 14 Feb 13

muscliffman says...

A frequent experience for some residents, many of those in Boscombe must see this view from space on a regular basis!
A frequent experience for some residents, many of those in Boscombe must see this view from space on a regular basis! muscliffman

12:01pm Thu 14 Feb 13

pokesdown1 says...

Take a look at Britainfromabove.org
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Take a look at Britainfromabove.org .uk pokesdown1

8:51am Sat 16 Feb 13

Avengerboy says...

Dreadful light pollution.
Dreadful light pollution. Avengerboy

1:34am Sun 17 Feb 13

simcal says...

muscliffman wrote:
A frequent experience for some residents, many of those in Boscombe must see this view from space on a regular basis!
lol
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: A frequent experience for some residents, many of those in Boscombe must see this view from space on a regular basis![/p][/quote]lol simcal

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