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Ayers Rock, the Andes and the Bahamas - as seen from space

Maybe we won’t miss Chris Hadfield that much? These spectacular images were taken by his replacement Fyodor Yurchikhin during his last mission on the ISS.

SPACE EXPLORATION ENTHUSIASTS have lamented the loss of Chris Hadfield from the International Space Station in recent weeks.

His educational videos, spectacular images and surprising singing ability awakened an interest in ordinary people about what NASA and other agencies were up to above our planet.

But the moustachioed Canadian’s replacement might prove just as popular.

Somewhat of an old hand at spacewalking, Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin has already taken part in three expeditions, clocking up 371 days in space.

During his last mission on the ISS in 2010, he produced two catalogues of wondrous images of earth, as it appears in space. Here’s a selection for your enjoyment.

Note: Only some of the photos are captioned by the astronaut. Others, we just have to guess what we are looking at because we can’t ask him (he’s in space).

Hurricane Daniel

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The moon

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Mountains

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The Andes. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The foothills of the Himalayas. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Sunset

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Africa Erosion

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Islands

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The Bahamas. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The Falkland Islands. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Australia

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in the heart of Australia. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

On the shore of Australia. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Alaska

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

London and Paris

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Dunes

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The Kamchatka Peninsula

The 1,250-kilometre peninsula the Russian Far East lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

The glaciers of Patagonia

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Yurchikhin’s hometown of Batumi

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

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Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

Image: Fyodor Yurchikhin/Russian Space Agency

For more images, check out the Russian Federation’s website. Hat-tip to reader Seán O’ Dulaing for bring these images to our attention.

Read: Chris Hadfield’s replacements to study plants and fire in space

Related: Some of the many things we learned from Chris Hadfield’s time in space

More: NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft is broken – but they’re determined to fix it

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