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Best space images of the month

  • Lights, camera... action
    Photographers are silhouetted as a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite lifts off from a Launchpad at Cape Canaveral in Florida. (Florida Today/AP)
  • Balancing act
    Crews dock a full-size replica of the Space Shuttle on the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. (Houston Chronicle/AP)
  • Bright turn ahead
    A supermoon, where the Earth’s nearest neighbour is low on the horizon and appears to be closer, is pictured below a bridge in Hong Kong. (AP)
  • Solar spectacle
    A mid-level solar flare bursts from the Sun, captured by Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The largest flares are able to disrupt satellite transmissions. (Nasa/SDO/Reuters)
  • Robot orbiter
    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus module docks with the International Space Station (ISS). The manoeuvre was broadcast live in a webcast. (Nasa/AFP)
  • Snatched from the waves
    Sailors from the US Navy’s amphibious transport ship USS Anchorage recover a Nasa Orion crew module in a simulated exercise on the Pacific Ocean. (US Navy)
  • Turbulent Earth
    Swirling clouds from Hurricane Marie are seen near southern California. The hurricane caused huge waves which battered the California coast. (Nasa/AP)
  • Suit of the day
    A model dressed in a spacesuit waves during the Luminox Space Roadshow in Singapore. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Gulf of space
    The Gulf of Mexico coastline – including Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi – glows during a night-time shot taken by a crew member aboard the ISS. (Nasa)
  • Sea of stars
    A meteor flashes across the Milky Way, pictured from the Ari Atoll in the Maldives. (EPA)