Astronaut Chris Hadfield has finally returned to Earth as his five-month mission as commander of the International Space Station ends.
The Canadian has become a global celebrity by snapping a series of astonishing images from space, giving fans incredible views from 200-plus miles above Earth.
His last image of Belfast was posted on Sunday, with a caption quizzing followers: “Belfast, at the mouth of the River Lagan. Strangely, not the river the city was named after. Who can tell me why?”
Hadfield, who has a daughter studying at Trinity College Dublin, previously provided the first message tweeted from space in Irish — Tá Éire fíorálainn! (Ireland is exquisite).
And on St Patrick’s Day he sang Danny Boy — suitably dressed in a green jumper and bow tie.
On Sunday, as he prepared to return to Earth, Hadfield posted a video of himself performing the David Bowie classic Space Oddity while playing an acoustic guitar.
The astronaut wrote on Twitter: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here's Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.”
Bowie then replied with: “Hallo Spaceboy.”