This photo shows a Japanese cargo ship before it arrives with Christmas gifts to the International Space Station. The capsule contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies. NASA said there also are Christmas presents for the two Americans, three Russians and one Frenchman on board. Nasa/AP
The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the crew of Shane Kimbrough of the U.S., Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Russia blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Photo Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens and a long exposure, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS space ship blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The ship carries a new crew to the International Space Station
British astronaut Tim Peake in action running the London marathon while strapped to a treadmill at the International Space Station. While the official 2016 London Marathon was being run in London, Peake ran 26.2 miles on a treadmill in three hours 35 minutes 21 seconds, while aboard the apace station in orbit 250km above the Earth
This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows the Aurora Australis, southern lights, in an image taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station
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An Orbital ATK’s Cygnus space craft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to go to the International Space Station as seen from Viera in Brevard County, Florida
Russian Soyuz TMA-20M rocket booster is moved for installation at the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The crew is set to take off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome to the International Space Station on Saturday
Soyuz TMA-18M space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew members prepares to land in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan
An aurora photographed by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station
The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his children from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on Thursday, carrying members of the expedition 44/45 NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko to the International Space Station (ISS).
The remnant of Cyclone Joalane appears in the moonlit Southern Indian Ocean, with the Milky Way rising behind it, as seen in this picture taken by astronaut Terry Virts from Nasa’s space station
A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft at the launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. Russia‘s Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on Friday.
The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of Nasa, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The crew are returning after almost six months on board the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42.
This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.
In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of an aurora as he circled Earth whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Gerst returned to earth on Monday after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the ‘Blue Dot’ mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan’s description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away).
Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (not shown) works outside the space station’s Quest airlock in the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station.The spacewalkers worked outside the space station’s Quest airlock for 6 hours and 13 minutes, relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment.