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Best space images of the month

  • Mission red, part 1
    Nasa’s Maven spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, bound for Mars, where it will explore its upper atmosphere. (AP Photo/Nasa)
  • Mission red, part 2
    While India launched its first rocket to Mars, the mission aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the Red Planet. (Reuters)
  • Shadow portrait
    A multiple exposure image showing the transition from right to left of a rare hybrid solar eclipse seen over Lake Oloidien in Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
  • Solar shot
    Time-lapse image shows Comet Ison moving towards the Sun (bottom) and getting fainter and fainter moving out (top). Scientists continue to work out the fate of the comet. (Nasa)
  • Olympic first
    Russian astronaut Oleg Kotov holds an Olympic torch on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the torch relay for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. (Nasa)
  • Causing a storm
    This image of the unique six-sided jet stream at Saturn's north pole taken by Nasa's Cassini mission is the first to show what’s known as “the hexagon” in colour filters. (Nasa)
  • Ring cycle
    The Cassini spacecraft also took this stunning image of Saturn, looking towards the sunlit side of its rings. (Nasa)
  • Mini launch
    Cubesat nanosatellites supported by Kickstarter campaigns were deployed from the ISS to carry out citizen science missions. (Nasa)
  • Model astronauts
    Matryoshka, or Russian nesting, dolls, depicting ISS crew members (L to R) Luca Parmitano, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Karen Nyberg. (Getty Images)
  • Circulation system
    Simulation of global winds from Nasa’s GEOS-5. Surface winds shown in white, upper-level winds coloured by speed, with red indicating faster. (Reuters/Nasa)