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
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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing in front of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft set on the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Photo Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
An artist’s impression issued by the European Southern Observatory showing the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The rocky planet, that may harbour life, has been discovered in another solar system just four light years from Earth, close enough to be reached by future space missions.
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.
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Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy is seen, a small cluster of giant gas clouds raining in on the central black hole. First postulated more than 230 years ago, black holes have been extensively researched
Comet 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko, taken by the Rosetta orbiter when the object was at its closest point to the sun. Rosetta found evidence of basic building blocks of life in gases surrounding the comet
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An artists impression released by the the European Southern Observatory shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST (“Transiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope”) telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile
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
The surface of the Moon as it is observed through a telescope in Salgotarjan, Budapest, Hungary, late on Tuesday
This photograph of the moon taken by Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency from aboard 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
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
An aurora photographed by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station
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An artist impression of W2246-0526, a single galaxy glowing in infrared light as intensely as 350 trillion suns. It is so violently turbulent that it may eventually jettison its entire supply of star-forming gas, according to new observations with ALMA.
A long exposure photograph shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off (L) from its launch pad and then returning to a landing zone (R) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the launcher’s first mission since a June failure, in Cape Canaveral, Florida today.
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
A view of Earth seen from the International Space Station (ISS) taken by current ISS crew member, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko