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Here are just a handful of the amazing photographs showing humanity's quest to explore our universe.

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ATV Cutaway view

ESA's ATV Launch as seen from the ISS

Planck's Full Sky Image

Comet Halley's nucleus as seen from Giotto

Giotto under construction in 1985

ISS as seen from the space shuttle Discovery after undocking

International Space Station with the docked Europe's ATV Johannes Kepler and Space Shuttle Endeavour

Taken Expedition 27 crew member Paolo Nespoli


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