Departing this Friday for his second stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Thomas Pesquet published his first photo from space on Tuesday.

The astronaut decided to immortalize Normandy, his native region.

"The trajectory of the Station always goes from west to east", indicates on Twitter the astronaut from Auffay (Seine-Maritime), located between Rouen and Dieppe, reports France Bleu Normandie.

“A chance for my native Normandy, under the sun as always (whatever the haters may say).

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The station's trajectory always goes from west to east: a chance for my native Normandy, under the sun as always 😎 (whatever the haters may say 😉).

It kicks off the photos from orbit!

#MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/hOdbvEK8nm

- Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) April 27, 2021

Other pictures to come

This little nod to his native region "opens the ball for photos from orbit," says the French.

During his first stay on the ISS in 2016, Thomas Pesquet had delighted Internet users with many pictures taken from his unique position, 400 km above our heads.

His second shot was for the capital.

The astronaut published on Wednesday a photo taken during a "vertical passage of Paris, in perfect weather," he said on Twitter.

“I couldn't miss it!

Thomas Pesquet took the opportunity to thank his Japanese colleague Soichi Noguchi, who configured the camera for him.

Paris on a beautiful day as we flew directly over the capital of France!

@Astro_Soichi had set up the cameras in advance 👏 #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/HIXrtDKzue

- Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) April 28, 2021

Thomas Pesquet took off this Friday in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, heading to the ISS.

He was accompanied by the Americans Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur and the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide for his new mission called Alpha.

All the photos taken by Thomas Pesquet are available in high definition on his Flickr account.

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