From bustling commuter hubs in city centres to small landing strips on desert islands, this fascinating collection of images shows what airports around the globe look like from space.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, 39, decided to show his love of aviation by documenting dozens of runways from an extreme vantage point, 250 miles up on the International Space Station.
The aerospace engineer and pilot’s stunning gallery takes viewers around the world, jumping from England to France to Africa.
He even captured an odd location in the Australian outback where he suggests something mysterious is afoot. He commented: ‘The Australian outback hides lots of beauty, and some surprises. I don’t know what this is, but it looks strangely like an eyeball. It has its own runway and lots of regular shaped-buildings around. Secret military base?’
The European Space Agency spaceman also captured several French airports in tribute to his time as a commercial pilot for Air France, and snapped Heathrow Airport as a shout out to British astronaut Tim Peake.
Pesquet took off for his first mission into space on November 14, 2016, and in January he was the fourth French astronaut to perform a spacewalk as he installed new batteries on the flight craft.
G’day, mate: Melbourne Airport, colloquially known as the Tullamarine airport, is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, and the second busiest airport in Australia. It was opened in 1970 to replace the nearby Essendon Airport