Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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Photos: Three Space Station Crew Members return to Earth

The Soyuz TMA-17M crew of Oleg Kononenko, Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren made a safe landing in Kazakhstan on Friday after a space flight of four and a half months. It marked the fifth nighttime landing of a Soyuz returning from ISS, but the first to take place after sunset instead of the early morning hours.

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Tweets from Space, December 8, 2015

Sunlight reflections on water make metallic #EarthArt. #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/XZCN83DWCh — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 8, 2015 Moon rise)) 月の出の瞬間を写真に撮ってみました。月の光が大気を通過してくるので、月が歪んでしまっていますね。高い山の上に望遠鏡を作ると、大気の影響を減らす事が出来るのです。もっと観測に最適なのは、宇宙空間や月面ですね。 pic.twitter.com/Khp0WTXV4M

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Photos: Cygnus blasts off atop Atlas V, setting sail for ISS

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on December 6, 2015 on the launcher’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, lifting the Cygnus OA-4 resupply craft into orbit.

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