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Getting a helping hand – An Orthodox priest performs a blessing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan, ahead of the Soyuz launch that carried Expedition 41 to the International Space Station in September 2014
Martian celebration – An art installation in Kolkata, inspired by India’s successful Mars mission, forms part of the Hindu Durga Puja festival, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil
I was here – Rosetta’s self-portrait as it passes Mars, one of four planetary gravity assists needed to boost the spacecraft onto the trajectory to meet its target, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko
Me too – Curiosity Mars rover’s selfie at the ‘Windjana’ drilling site. Curiosity has accomplished its main goal by confirming that Mars once possessed conditions favourable for microbial life
Ready for the big event – Rosetta mission selfie taken on 7 October at a distance of about 16 km from its target comet
Spectacular catch – NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator is retrieved from the Pacific after a near-space test flight. The LDSD project is evaluating landing technologies for future Mars missions
Satellite technology has been featured in pop culture for decades. And when anxiety over spying was replaced by a belief in unlimited technological progress unrealistic expectations of what satellite can and cannot do quickly arose
The Swedish Down to Earth initiative was launched in 2009 to increase the rate at which space technologies and knowledge are commercialised.
Space humour, like space itself, is a boundless subject. Professional people tend to value humour greatly, especially those who carry out dangerous missions. There’s nothing like a well-timed, witty remark to ease the tension…