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Best space images of the month

  • Tropic thunder
    The Ariane Five rocket lifts off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, filled with 20 tons of supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). (EPA/ESA)
  • Galactic greens
    An engineer holds a lettuce at the German Aerospace Centre in Bremen, where researchers are trying to create a greenhouse to grow food on the Moon or Mars. (Getty Images)
  • Drip to the stars
    A Russian space agency worker hangs out space suits to dry before three astronauts take training that simulates a capsule landing on water. (AP)
  • Passing phase
    The Moon crosses between the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Sun. The event, which happens twice a year, cannot be seen from Earth. (Nasa/SDO/Reuters)
  • A star is torn
    Remnants of the G292.0+1.8 supernova, taken by Nasa's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The expanding debris of the collapsed star travels millions of miles an hour. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Agents of shield
    The sunshield which will be installed on Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope is expanded in a clean room at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California. (Nasa/Reuters)
  • Gathering storm
    Hurricane Arthur crawls up the eastern coast of the US; the storm made landfall on 4 July and caused damage estimated at $14m. (Nasa/Getty Images)
  • Launch pad limbo
    The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, carrying a Cygnus spacecraft, sits on its launch pad before taking off on a mission to the ISS. (Nasa/AP)
  • Spanish sparkle
    The Iberian peninsula seen from the ISS at night, illuminated with light from the cities and towns of Spain, Portugal and Andorra. (Nasa)
  • Space sunrise
    German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s image of the Sun reflecting off the ocean, taken from the ISS. (Nasa/Reuters)