French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet's Amazing Photos from Space (Gallery)

Italy from Space


French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet snapped this gorgeous photo of Italy by night from the International Space Station. A docked Soyuz spacecraft is seen in the foreground.



Pesquet said this is one of his favorite shots of Earth from the ISS. "Lightning illuminates the clouds from inside at night: beautiful show," Pesquet wrote.

Europe’s Roof


Pesquet snapped this photo of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps on Jan. 1, 2017. The mountain peak is often called "Europe’s roof."

Jura Mountains


Pesquet captured this photo of "the Jura mountains swimming in the clouds" on Dec. 31, 2016. The Jura Mountains are located in the western Alps along the France-Switzerland border.

Canada in the Snow


"A very straight road in the middle of an icy no-man’s land," Pesquet wrote when he shared this photo, which was taken on Dec. 26, 2016. "Stay warm out there in Canada."

Snowy Mountains


"So much snow it looks like cream!" Pesquet wrote when he shared this photo of snow-covered mountains on Dec. 24, 2016.



Thomas Pesquet took this photo of Bordeaux, a city in southwest France where some of his family resides, on Dec. 17, 2016.

Lake Nesser & the Nile


This photo of Egypt from space shows Lake Nasser, the Nile river and the Aswan dam.



"People have been dotting the desert with irrigated fields in Jordan," Pesquet wrote when he shared this photo, which was taken on Dec. 12, 2016.

Lake Tanganyika


Lake Tanganyika is a huge lake that sits between the border of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at:

Christine Lunsford
Producer and Contributing Writer

Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.