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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Space Station Crew parachutes to safe Night Landing in snow-covered Kazakh Steppe

A trio of Soyuz crew members parachuted down to a safe landing in the dark of night on Friday, returning from a 142-day mission to the International Space Station. Making a rare nighttime landing and the first post-sunset touchdown in ISS history, Soyuz commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren returned safely

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Soyuz TMA-17M Undocks from ISS to set sail for Nighttime Return of three Crew Members

Three International Space Station residents departed the orbiting complex on Friday to start their return journey towards a rare nighttime landing of the Soyuz spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan.

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Soyuz Trio set for rare Nighttime Landing on Friday

A trio of International Space Station crew members are on the eve of their return to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-17M after a mission of four and a half months living and working on the orbiting laboratory. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren are set for a rare nighttime landing well after sunset in typical winter conditions in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

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U.S. Resupply Missions to ISS resume with flawless Cygnus Rendezvous

Cargo missions to the International Space Station have officially resumed with the successful rendezvous and capture of the Cygnus OA-4 spacecraft on Wednesday, marking the first Commercial Cargo Vehicle to arrive at ISS after launch failures of both Commercial Resupply Services Program partners.

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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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Cygnus inbound for Rendezvous with Space Station in record-setting Cargo Delivery Mission

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set for its rendezvous with the International Space Station on Wednesday to mark a record-setting cargo delivery in the Commercial Resupply Services Program. Going through a methodical rendezvous process, Cygnus will link up with ISS to arrive at its Capture Point where it can be grappled by the Station’s robotic arm to mark the start of a berthed mission of up to two months.

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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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Videos: Atlas V blasts off on first Space Station Mission

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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