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Massive star explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud...epa04586376 A undated handout image made available by NASA on 26 January 2015 showing an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0 is left behind after a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra, in blue. The outer edge of the explosion (red) and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope. Chandra X-ray Center is releasing a set of images that combine data from telescopes tuned to different wavelengths of light.  EPA/NASA / CXC / SAO  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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This Nasa image shows an expanding shell of debris left behind after a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. Multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra, in blue. The outer edge of the explosion (red) and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

This image released by NASA December 15,...This image released by NASA December 15, 2014 shows the easily recognized boot of Italy, with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken October 21 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS). On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines, but also in the Po River Valley of northern Italy(L). Some of the brightest clusters of lights are Rome and nearby Naples, with island cities of Cagliari on Sardinia and Catania on Sicilynow well-known as the hometown of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. The small, dark, circular patch dangerously close to Catania marks the unpopulated slopes of the active volcano Etna. Hazy lights, as over the Po valley and Rome, probably indicate thin clouds above. The island of Malta appears at the lower right. The airglow line is vivid in this night shot. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA   == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA  "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Handout/AFP/Getty Images

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This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.

NASA Prepares For Orion Test Launch...CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - DECEMBER 05:  In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bright lights illuminate the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Orion spacecraft mounted on top is seen in the early hours of the morning atCape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 on Decemeber 05, 2014 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Orion is scheduled to launch and make its first flight test later in the morning. The spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of approximately 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean. No one will be aboard Orion for this flight test, but the spacecraft is designed to allow us to journey to destinations never before visited by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

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Lights illuminate the Delta IV rocket that blasted the Orion spacecraft into space at 7.05am US eastern time on Friday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft will orbit Earth twice, reaching an altitude of about 3,600 miles above Earth before landing in the Pacific Ocean 

Taken by the European Southern Observatory shows a view of the bright star cluster NGC 3532 captured by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile. Some of the stars still shine with a hot bluish colour, but many of the more massive ones have become red giants and glow with a rich orange hue.

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A bright star cluster (NGC 3532) captured by telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, run by the European Southern Observatory. Some of the stars still shine with a hot bluish colour, but many of the larger ones glow with a rich orange hue

rench National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall (L), French President Francois Hollande (C) and former French astronaut Claudie Haignere wear 3D glasses during a visit at the Cite des Sciences at La Villette in Paris as they follow the successful landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko. REUTERS/Jacques Brinon/Pool    REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) president Jean-Yves Le Gall, French President Francois Hollande and former French astronaut Claudie Haignere wear 3D glasses during a visit at the Cite des Sciences at La Villette in Paris as they follow the successful landing of the Philae lander on comet 67P. 

Ground personnel work on November 10, 20...Ground personnel work on November 10, 2014 next to the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members of Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the United States, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. A veteran Russian cosmonaut and two International Space Station crewmates, one from the United States and one from Germany, returned safely to Earth on November 10 with a parachute landing of their Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, ending 5,5 months in orbit.    AFP PHOTO / POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOVSHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Ground personnel work on the Soyuz TMA-13M capsule, carrying International Space Station crew members Alexander Gerst of Germany, Maxim Surayev of Russia and Reid Wiseman of the US, after its landing near the town of Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan. 

An unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.  The resort island chain of Bermuda braced October 17, 2014 for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge. The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes. Schools, businesses, grocery stores and government offices all closed early Thursday, and many people boarded up the windows of their homes and placed sandbags outside in preparation. As of early Friday, Gonzalo's winds were whirling at 125 miles (200 kilometers) per hour, with even stronger gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo has already killed one person in the Caribbean and triggered a hurricane warning for the British overseas territory, which is home to around 60,000 people.

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Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. The resort island chain of Bermuda braced on Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman in the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station...NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (not shown) works outside the space station's Quest airlock in the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station in this image released October 8, 2014. The spacewalkers worked outside the space station's Quest airlock for 6 hours and 13 minutes, relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment.   REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA/ESA/Handout  (OUTER SPACE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (not shown) works outside the space station’s Quest airlock in the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station.The spacewalkers worked outside the space station’s Quest airlock for 6 hours and 13 minutes, relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment. 

A nighttime view of Europe using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite in seen in a NASA handout...A nighttime view of Europe made possible by the ìday-night bandî of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is seen in a global composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite in 2012 and released by NASA October 2, 2014 .  The VIIRS detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, wildfires, and gas flares.   REUTERS/NASA/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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A night time view of Europe made possible by the iday-night bandi of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is seen in a global composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. 

A man takes a photo of the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft as it is lifted to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome...A man takes a photo of the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft as it is lifted to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome September 23, 2014. The Soyuz is scheduled to carry Barry Wilmore of the U.S., Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev of Russia to the International Space Station on September 26. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

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A man takes a photo of the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft as it is lifted to its launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome. The Soyuz is scheduled to carry Barry Wilmore of the US, Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev of Russia to the International Space Station on Friday 

Earth seen from the International Space Station...epa04383191 A handout picture made available by NASA on 04 September 2014 shows a view of Earth taken by NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman of the US from the International Space Station (ISS) on space, 02 September 2014. The Expedition 40 crew has been busy on the ISS performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades. A trio of orbital residents is packing up gear as they prepare to return home in less than two weeks. Commander Steve Swanson powered down and stowed Robonaut 2 after wrapping up its mobility upgrades this week. He installed new legs on the humanoid robot including external and internal gear as well as cables. This sets the stage for more upgrades in the fall before Robonaut takes its first steps as an assistant crew member. Robonaut was designed to enhance crew productivity and safety while also aiding people on Earth with physical disabilities.  EPA/NASA/REID WISEMAN  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A view of earth taken by Nasa astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station, where the Expedition 40 crew have been performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades 

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. 

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. 

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 

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 0323 GMT ON MAY 14, 2014    SZH03  International Space Station (ISS) crew member Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is helped by ground search and rescue personnel after landing south-east of the town of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/Pool      REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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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 

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. 

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. 

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.