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In this image provided by NASA one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this oblique night image of almost the entire countries of Italy and Sicily on July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image shows Italy at night seen from the International Space Station. The photograph was taken by one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station. Read more

Mars Rover Curiosity...In this image released on June 23, 2014,  shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover self-portrait. NASA's Curiosity Mars used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where the rover drilled into a sandstone target called "Windjana." NASAís Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year, 687 Earth days, on June 24. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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This image shows a self-portrait of Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover. The rover used the camera at the end of its arm in April and May 2014 to take dozens of component images combined into this self-portrait where it drilled into a sandstone target called “Windjana”. Mars Curiosity will complete a Martian year – 687 Earth days – on June 24. Read more

Russian cosmonauts complete spacewalk...epa04268342 A handout picture released via NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman's twitter account on 20 June 2014 shows Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS), 19 June 2014. According to NASA, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev completed a spacewalk outside the Russian segment of the ISS where they installed a communications system antenna and conducted experiments. The spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 23 minutes.  EPA/REID WISEMAN / NASA / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A handout picture released via NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman’s twitter account on 20 shows Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). According to NASA, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev completed a spacewalk outside the Russian segment of the ISS where they installed a communications system antenna and conducted experiments. The spacewalk lasted 7 hours and 23 minutes Read more

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International Space Station crew member Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is helped by ground personnel after landing southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan

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.