Your first contact with the universe
A sunrise from above the atmosphere, another successful SpaceX launch and astrobiologists are pushing harder for the search for extraterrestrial life to be better funded by NASA
Seen here cruising across the Sun is the much-loved International Space Station (ISS), travelling at roughly eight kilometres (five miles) per second. This didn’t leave much time for the photographer to capture the nine frames that were needed to capture the station’s silhouette.
On board at the time were just three astronauts, NASA’s Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Roscosmos’ Sergey Prokopyev and commander, ESA’s Alexander Gerst. While in Earth orbit, the commander has helped install a new life-support system (inset) - the Advanced Closed Loop System (ACLS) will recycle more carbon dioxide into oxygen, allowing more room on the supply missions and saving as much as 400 litres of water per year.