An astronaut popping up like a curious meerkat from within his International Space Station nest is my new favourite photograph. A close runner-up is the Milky Way spilling into the sky over yellow Sahara sands.

Top image: Alex Gerst poking over part of the station during the first spacewalk of Expedition 41, posted by Gerst to his Twitter feed the next day. Credit: NASA

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The runner up for my recent favourite photographs from the space station was snapped by Reid Wiseman in the days leading up to his spacewalk. He captioned it, "The Milky Way steals the show from Sahara sands that make the Earth glow orange."

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Silhouette of the space station against the yellow sands of the Sahara, red glow of the atmosphere, and blue-purple stars of Milky Way usually lost to us in the urban glow of city lights. Image credit: NASA/Wiseman

Wiseman is currently preparing for his next spacewalk, this time with Barry Wilmore, on Wednesday.

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