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
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Ice is viewed near the coast of West Antarctica from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane. Photo Mario Tama/Getty Images
The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of 07 July Kazakh time. All three will spend approximately four months on the orbital complex, returning to Earth in October.
This artist’s concept depicts select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA’s Kepler space telescope
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This photo released by the European Space Agency shows the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7653, which is an emission nebula located 11 000 light-years away. This stunning new image was observed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to celebrate its 26th year in space
The spider part of The Spider and the Fly nebulae, IC 417 in star formation, as seen in this infrared image. Located in the constellation Auriga, IC 417 lies about 10,000 light-years away. It is in the outer part of the Milky Way, almost exactly in the opposite direction from the galactic centre.
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The plane carrying Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA is seen as it taxis after landing at Ellington Field after his return to Earth
An H-2A rocket carrying the ASTRO-H satellite, developed in collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and other groups, lifts off at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan
Japan’s Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm successfully deploys two combined satellites built built by Texas A&M University students. Photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA aboard the International Space Station
Astronaut Tim Peake’s photo of London viewed from the space station
A refugee holds a baby on a beach as the others try to sail off for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme, Turkey
Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly takes a selfie during a spacewalk. According to NASA, this was the first spacewalk for both Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren
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This synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA‘s New Horizons spacecraft.
A picture released by NASA shows a low-angle self-portrait of NASA‘s Curiosity Mars rover vehicle above the ‘Buckskin’ rock target, in the ‘Marias Pass’ area of lower Mount Sharp on Mars, where the mission collected its seventh drilled sample
Hurricane Danny, the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, is seen in this picture by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly taken from the International Space Station on Thursday
A meteor streaks across the sky over Leeberg hill during the Perseid meteor shower near Grossmugl early on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak on Wednesday and Thursday in Europe, according to NASA.
NASA and project staff react with others as telemetry is received from the New Horizons probe at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The New Horizons interplanetary space probe reestablished contact with NASA after safe passage completing its closest approach fly-by of Pluto making the United States the first to explore the dwarf planet.
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NASA shows an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing a giant star cluster in the Constellation Carina, about 20,000 light years from Earth. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch
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
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the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft onboard launches from the Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s MMS mission will study how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that work together to provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.