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Best space images of the month

  • Rude surprise
    A frog is seen leaping away (top left) as Nasa’s Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) takes off at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (Copyright: Nasa/Reuters)
  • Set your engines
    A Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft sits on the launchpad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Copyright: AFP/Getty Images)
  • Make it snappy
    Photographers capture the launch of the Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan as it takes off to deliver crew members to the ISS. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Tunnel vision
    A hybrid wing design from Nasa, coated with fluorescent oil and pictured during wind tunnel tests. The design may be used in new spaceplanes for the agency. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Vesta vista
    A composite of the giant asteroid Vesta, made from a series of overflights by Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft. Dawn is now on its way to observe the Ceres asteroid. (Copyright: Nasa)
  • Plume with a view
    A fresh scar on the Indonesian island of Paluweh, caused since the latest eruptions began in 2012, seen from Nasa's Earth Observatory. (Copyright: Nasa/AFP)
  • On approach
    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new members for the International Space Station (ISS) is pictured from an observation window on the station. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Testing, testing
    Nasa technicians work on the agency’s next spaceship to journey to Mars, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) spacecraft, launching in late 2013. (Copyright: Reuters)
  • Martian landscape
    The Noctis Labyrinthus region, which is located in the canyon-rich Tharsis area of Mars, as viewed by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). (Copyright: Nasa/AFP)
  • Tight space
    Astronauts undertake training in a cave on the island of Sardinia as part of their preparations before they head to the ISS. (Copyright: ESA)
It’s been a memorable month in space. Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured– from Mars canyons to a surprised frog at a rocket launch.

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