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Astronaut posts amazing timelapse videos from space

An American astronaut has shared videos capturing the breathtaking views of Earth from space.

International Space Station flight engineer Reid Wiseman has been posting timelapse videos taken from aboard the station.

Take a look yourself.

Astronaut tweets picture of 'England' from space

American astronaut Reid Wiseman has tweeted a photo of the UK as seen from the International Space station.

The snapshot shows part of southern Wales near Dale in Pembrokeshire, although the American flight engineer, who has been on the ISS since late May, claims it is a picture of England.

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Astronaut tweets picture of super typhoon from space

Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman took this picture from the International Space Station of Super Typhoon Neoguri as it headed towards Japan:

Nasa astronauts hold a kick-about in zero gravity

The International Space Station crew have got into the World Cup spirit, by holding a zero gravity kick-about 155 miles above the Earths surface.

Commander Steve Swanson along with astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst are seen volleying and saving the ball in their living quarters to show their support.

The video obtained from NASA TV contains no sound.

Astronaut delivers graduation speech from space

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio took a break from orbiting the globe on the International Space Station to deliver an address to students graduating from his former place of study, Connecticut University.

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in this picture taken of fellow ISS astronaut Mike Hopkins Credit: REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters

Mr Mastracchio hovered between two space suits and spun upside down several times during the pre-recorded address for the 400 graduates and a crowd of about 5,000 at the university.

Mr Mastracchio delivered his speech to 5,000 people gathered at his alma mater Connecticut University Credit: REUTERS/NASA TV/Handout

Mr Mastracchio is an active Twitter user, and has posted out-of-this-world selfies while carrying out work on the space station.

International Space Station snapped soaring over earth

The International Space Station has been photographed soaring over England by cameraman Peter Rossiter.

Stargazers in the UK have been glued to the skies this winter to see the ISS orbiting above.

With clear skies the best times to see the man-made object should be between 9.04pm and 10.40pm.

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Computer breakdown may force space walk

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk. Credit: Reuters

A computer breakdown at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Nasa said a back-up computer on the outside of the orbiting lab was not responding to commands.

The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working and the six-man crew is in no danger. But the computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for next week's planned visit by a private SpaceX supply ship.

Mission Control will decide shortly as to whether the computer can be repaired or must be replaced.

First selfie posted from International Space Station

An American astronaut has posted an 'out of this world' selfie from the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Steven R Swanson posted this extra-terrestrial snap on Instagram. Credit: Instagram

Steven R Swanson's photo is reportedly the first time someone has uploaded a photo to Instagram from outside the Earth's atmosphere.

The image was uploaded to the ISS instagram account yesterday with the message 'Back on ISS, life is good'.

International Space Station crew return to earth

The three member Expedition 38 crew rests outside after landing in the snowy steppe of Kazakhstan. Credit: Nasa TV

A capsule carrying a US-Russian crew back to Earth after nearly six months on the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Nasa said that the Soyuz capsule carrying American Mike Hopkins and Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy touched down as scheduled, south east of the town of Dzhezkazgan. They spent 166 days in orbit on the space station.

Spacewalks ordered to fix space station cooling system

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will begin a series of spacewalks this weekend to repair the orbital outpost's cooling system, NASA has announced.

Astronauts aboard the ISS will begin a series of spacewalks this weekend to repair the orbital outpost's cooling system Credit: NASA

One of the station's two ammonia cooling systems shut down last Wednesday, forcing astronauts to power down unnecessary equipment and suspending some of the laboratory's science experiments. The six-member crew was not in any danger, NASA said.

The US space agency has decided to have two astronauts aboard the station replace an apparently faulty valve inside a pump outside the station with a spare.

Three spacewalks are planned to complete the work, the first of which is scheduled for Saturday by station flight engineers Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins. Two more spacewalks are targeted for December 23 and the last on Christmas Day.

The walks will delay a cargo resupply flight until January.

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