title: On the shoulders

of giants



Client: european




edit: Robert-Jan Huijben

production: Melanie Cowan

music: Ilan Eshkeri



Published on Mar 18, 2016


“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” is the famous quote by renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton. This is particularly apt as a title for this video summary of ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission – named after Newton's monumental work Philosophiae Naturalis Principia and now building on the work of previous European astronaut missions, while being supported by a huge team of scientists and engineers on the ground.


The music accompanying this video was chosen by Tim, coming from the soundtrack of one of his favourite films, the 2004 movie Layer Cake. This piece is called 'Drive to the Boatyard', by internationally known British film composer Ilan Eshkeri. Ilan provided a slightly extended piece specially for ESA.


Tim comments: “I’m delighted with this video, which captures the essence of human spaceflight and natural beauty of our planet from space