Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark’s astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday
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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) lifts off at Indian space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) center in Srharikota, Andhara Pradesh, India. India successfully tested its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module on board a 630-ton rocket from the southern island of Sriharikota, before detaching successfully at an altitude of 126 kilometres, and landing by parachute in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday
Lights illuminate the Delta IV rocket that blasted the Orion spacecraft into space at 7.05am US eastern time on Friday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of about 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean
An H2-A rocket carrying space explorer Hayabusa2 lifts off from a launching pad at Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima, southern Japan. The Japanese space explorer was launched on Wednesday on a six-year round-trip journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and collect samples from inside, in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of earth.
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.
Chinese astronauts (left to right) Wang Yaping, Zhang Xiaoguang and Nie Haisheng wave before leaving for the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft mission at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu province on Tuesday.