Penguin Random House is publishing British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s second book, Ask an Astronaut, this October.
The book, said to be for all ages, will be Peake's personal guide to life in space, as based on the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. It will publish on 19th October in hardback and e-book.
Peake will share his thoughts on every aspect of his mission, from training to launch, and his historic spacewalk to re-entry, including the science behind his experiments and his experience of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station. He will also answer new questions in the book, which can be submitted using the hashtag #askanastronaut. It will come complete with illustrations, diagrams and exclusive unseen photos.
Ben Brusey, deputy publisher of Century, acquired world rights from Tim Peake and ESA, organised through Rosita Suenson, human spaceflight communication programme officer at ESA. All royalties received from the book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
The book follows Hello is this planet Earth?, which sold 250,000 copies in six weeks, according to Century, likely making it the fastest selling popular science book since records began. Overall it has sold 289,413 copies to date through Nielsen Bookscan. Peake also published picture book Goodnight Spaceman, by Michelle Robinson and Nick East, with Penguin Random House Children’s.
Peake said: "Since returning from the International Space Station, I've been amazed by the warm response from thousands of people wishing to know more about my mission and what it takes to become an astronaut. I'm delighted to be able to share my experiences in Ask An Astronaut and to give a unique insight into what life in space is really like."
Brusey said: "We are thrilled to be working with Tim and ESA again on such a special book. Tim writes beautifully and with the same sense of wonder that inspired millions during his mission. Every page is a bounty of surprises and anecdotes, and I can’t wait for readers to be enthralled by the book like I have been."
Suenson added: "Every astronaut’s mission always comes with so many wonderful questions from the public. Now this book allows anyone to ask a question and get a glimpse of life on board the International Space Station for themselves."