Spectators watch the Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. The crew members of the spacecraft, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, Nasa’s Richard Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata of Japan, are set to take off from the Russian-leased facility on November 7.
Nasa astronaut Chris Cassidy, left, and Russian cosmonauts Commander Pavel Vinogradov, centre, and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-08M capsule just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. The three returned to Earth after five and a half months on the International Space Station.
This Nasa image released on Tuesday shows a mosaic of photos from around the world collected as part of the Wave at Saturn event organised by those behind the US space agency’s Cassini mission. The event on July 19 marked the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back towards Earth to take a picture as part of a larger mosaic of the Saturn system. The images came via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and email
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 astronaut Wang Yaping waves after she gets out from the re-entry capsule of China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in Inner Mongolia, north China. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory.
An aeroplane flies past the moon near Madrid, Spain, early on Monday. The ‘supermoon’ filled the sky on June 23 and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.
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. Read more
Nasa astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth, some 250 miles below him from inside the “Cupola” of the International Space Station. Mr Cassidy has been aboard the orbital outpost since late March and will stay until September, Nasa said. The Cupola, a dome-shaped module with windows, was launched and installed as a panoramic control tower for operations outside of the ISS in 2010.
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India’s Central Industrial Security Force sub inspectors and executives of the 38th batch at National Industrial Security Academy march during their passing out parade on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The CISF is a paramilitary security force that provides security cover for nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive government buildings and heritage monuments in India.
The Russian Soyuz space capsule lands 150kms southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. The Soyuz capsule landed safely, carrying Chris Hadfield, a Canadian commander, Tom Marshburn a US flight engineer, and Roman Romanenko of Russia, after five months in orbit aboard the International Space Station.