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This image provided by NASA March 16, 2014 shows a portion of the Florida Keys taken by Astronaut Rick Mastracchio from the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA, Rich Mastracchio)

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This image provided by NASA shows a portion of the Florida Keys taken by Astronaut Rick Mastracchio from the International Space Station Read more

Landing of the Soyuz TMA-10M Spacecraft...ZHEZKAZGAN, KAZAHSTAN - MARCH 11: In this handout provided by NASA, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, is helped out of the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after he and Commander Oleg Kotov of the Roscosmos, and, Flight Engineer Mike Hopkins of NASA (not pictured) landed in their Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft on March 11 near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy returned to Earth after five and a half months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 37 and 38 crews.

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Flight engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, is helped out of the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after he and Commander Oleg Kotov of the Roscosmos landed on Tuesday near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. They returned to Earth after five and a half months on board the International Space Station. Read more

Martian dune valley...epa04054024 A handout picture made available by NASA on 04 February 2014 show a view combining several frames taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, looking into a dune valley on Mars, 30 January 2014. The team operating Curiosity has chosen this valley as a likely route toward mid-term and long-term science destinations. The foreground dune, at a location called 'Dingo Gap', is about one meter high in the middle and tapered at south and north ends onto low scarps on either side of the gap. The center of the view is about ten degree south of straight west. The left edge is about 20 degree west of straight south. The right edge is northwest. The largest of the dark rocks on the sand in the right half of the scene are about 60 cm across. The image has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) designed and built the project's Curiosity rover. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, California, USA, built and operates the rover's Mastcam.

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A Nasa picture shows several frames of a dune valley on Mars, taken by the Mastcam on the rover Curiosity. The foreground dune at Dingo Gap is about 1 metre high in the middle and tapered at south and north ends onto low scarps on either side of the gap. The image has been white-balanced to show what the rocks would look like if they were on Earth. Read more

The vibrant magentas and blues in this Hubble image of the barred spiral galaxy M83 revealing that the galaxy is ablaze with star formation. The galactic panorama unveils a tapestry of the drama of stellar birth and death. The galaxy, also known as the Southern Pinwheel, lies 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra.

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The vibrant magentas and blues in this Hubble image of the barred spiral galaxy M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel, reveal that the galaxy is ablaze with star formations. The galactic panorama unveils a tapestry of the drama of stellar birth and death. The galaxy lies 15m light-years away in the constellation Hydra.

Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft, moved for installation at a launch pad at a cosmodrome in Baikonur

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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 Cassidy, and Russian cosmonauts Commander Vinogradov and Misurkin sit after they landed near the town of Zhezkazgan

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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 image obtained from NASA August 27,...This image obtained from NASA August 27, 2013 shows from more than 40 countries and 30 US states, people around the world as they shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission. That event on July 19, 2013, marked the day the Cassini spacecraft turned back toward Earth to take our picture as part of a larger mosaic of the Saturn system. The images came via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+ and email. The mission has assembled this collage from the shared images, using an image of Earth as the base image. AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == HO/AFP/Getty Images

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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

U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy put on space suits before a training session at the Star City space centre outside Moscow...U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins (L) and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov (C) and Sergey Ryazanskiy put on space suits before a training session at the Star City space centre outside Moscow, August 23, 2013. Hopkins, Kotov and Ryazanskiy are scheduled to be part of a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that will launch in September 2013.

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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 waves after she gets out from re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region...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 north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 26, 2013. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down in north China's Inner Mongolia after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory.

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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 airplane flies past the supermoon near Madrid, Spain early on Monday. The 'supermoon' filled the sky on 23rd June and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.

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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.