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Amazing photos show how Sussex looks from space

By Crawley News  |  Posted: May 18, 2013

  • LIGHT FANTASTIC: Commander Chris Hadfield's photo of Sussex with the brightest section of lights being Brighton Photo: @cmdr_hadfield on Twitter

  • LIGHTING UP OUR LIVES: Commander Chris Hadfield's photo of the south of England Photo: @cmdr_hadfield on Twitter

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WHEN Commander Chris Hadfield returned to Earth this week he may well have done so as the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

He has gained fame through recording a version of the David Bowie hit Space Oddity from space - and by posting extraordinary photos of our planet taken from on board the International Space Station.

And among the photos were two featuring Sussex, both taken at night.

One is of the south of England, with it being relatively easy to work out where the likes of Crawley, Brighton and Horsham are in comparison to London and the coast.

Much of Sussex is pitch black, however, showing the county isn't as built up as many may fear.

With this picture Commander Hadfield tweeted: "Despite the blur from clouds you can make out many cities and the overall shape."

In the other photo, which is more of a close up, you can clearly make out the south coast, with Brighton at the centre of the picture.

If our geography is correct you can follow the lights of the A23 up to Crawley, with the south of the town at the very top of the picture.

Other towns such as Horsham, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath are also distinguishable in the photo.

The 53-year-old spent five months on board the space station, and used some of his time to take photos of countries all around the world.

Now back on planet Earth he has promised to post more photos that he didn't have time to post while in space.

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