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Out-of-this-world images from space(49 images)

Astronauts from the United States and the European Space Agency, along with engineers and scientists on the ground around the world, are capturing some amazing images from outer space. Many were released in celebration of the Hubble Telescope's 30th anniversary. Here are some of the recent highlights.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 62 flight engineer Jessica Meir observes a floating sphere of water formed by microgravity inside the ISS's Kibo laboratory module on February 9. Photo courtesy of NASA


The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 115 square miles that very quickly shattered into pieces. This almost cloud-free image, captured on February 11 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, shows the freshly broken bergs in detail. Photo courtesy of ESA


The cork heat shield of the European Space Agency's Qarman CubeSat burns away in simulated atmospheric re-entry conditions, during ground testing on February 12. Qarman (QubeSat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on Ablation) will gather data on atmospheric re-entry using temperature and pressure sensors and a spectrometer. Photo courtesy of ESA


The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea and separates Spain on the European continent from Morocco on the African continent. The ISS was orbiting 265 miles above the Atlantic off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, when this photograph was taken on February 11. Photo courtesy of NASA


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