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A view of the Gulf of Morbihan, France
A view of the Gulf of Morbihan, France   -   Copyright  Credit: European Space Agency

Thomas Pesquet: The best pictures from French astronaut's space mission

France's Thomas Pesquet and three other astronauts have landed back on Earth after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Pesquet, representing the European Space Agency, and his crewmates landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Monday.

Pesquet was known for his active social media presence while in space, regularly posting pictures of his life aboard the ISS, breathtaking views of the Earth and stars and also the occasional meme.

To mark his return, we've chosen some of his most popular and striking images from his time in orbit.

Credit: European Space Agency
A view of the Northern Lights from the International Space Station. Pesquet described this particular sighting on 6 November as “the most intense” of the whole mission.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of the space station in orbit.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
The crew grows chilli peppers for the first time in outer space.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of the stars from the space station.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of the Gulf of Morbihan, FranceCredit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
The Northern Lights.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
The four astronauts conduct their final checks before their return to Earth.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of Berck, France, near where Pesquet went to flight school.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of Egypt by night.Credit: European Space Agency
Credit: European Space Agency
A view of Florida. Pesquet notes that unlike other forms of travel, space travel allows you to see your destination before you depart.Credit: European Space Agency