China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.
A view of earth taken by Nasa astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station, where the Expedition 40 crew have been performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades
Prime Minister David Cameron is the first prime minister to visit the Shetland Islands in 34 years, following the visit of Margaret Thatcher in 1980. He rode on the fishing boat ‘Radiant Star’ in the Scalloway area of the islands.
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A portrait of Stephen Fry grown from his own bacteria, commissioned by The Big Bang Fair. The ‘bacteriographs’ are made from the subject’s bacteria and have been grown by Zachary Copfer, an American microbiologist-cum-photographer. To make the Pop Art style images he exposes areas of a Petri dish to radiation in order to stimulate the bacteria’s growth
A model wears a creation by designer Laura Dempsey, which lights up in movement, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
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‘Shard’ by Andy Masson, winner of the RAF Public Relations Photograph of the Year competition 2013.
Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft aboard is transported to a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Soyuz TMA-10M is planned to transport the Expedition 37 crew, including Michael Hopkins of the US together with Russia’s Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, to the International Space Station (ISS) on 26 September.
Storks fly over a meadow near Garding, northern Germany on Friday.
US astronaut Michael Hopkins, left, and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, centre, and Sergey Ryazanskiy put on spacesuits before a training session at the Star City space centre outside Moscow. Mr Hopkins, Mr Kotov and Mr Ryazanskiy are scheduled to be part of a mission to the International Space Station that will launch in September 2013.
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Engineered Arts design and production engineer Marcus Hold works on a nearly completed RoboThespian robot in Penryn, England. The Cornish company, operating from an industrial unit near Falmouth, is the world’s only maker of commercially available life-sized humanoid robots. Now in its third generation, the fully interactive and multilingual RoboThespian is sold around the world to science centres and visitor attractions, but increasingly to academic research groups and universities where they are used as research and development platforms.