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Gallery: Space Station's Expedition 30 Mission

Infrared Photos of Earth from Space

NASA

This is an infrared image of Jakarta, Indonesia at night recorded by an Expedition 30 crew member aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on Dec. 25, 2011.

Expedition 30 Soyuz Launch

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-03M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 carrying Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers to the International Space Station.

Comet Lovejoy from ISS

Dan Burbank

Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011.

Comet Lovejoy from ISS

Dan Burbank

Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011.

Dan Burbank Sends Holiday Wishes From International Space Station

NASA

NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, commander of the International Space Station, sends holiday greetings home to Earth on Dec. 15, 2011.

Expedition 30 New Crew Arrives Over Mediterranean

NASA TV

The Russian Soyuz TMA-03M pulls up to the International Space Station on Dec. 23, 2011 carrying three new crewmembers for the station's Expedition 30 mission. The Mediterranean Sea provides a dazzling backdrop.

Expedition 30 New Crew Arrives

NASA TV

The Russian Soyuz TMA-03M pulls up to the International Space Station on Dec. 23, 2011 to deliver three new members of the orbiting lab's crew. A stunning view of Africa serves as the backdrop.

Russian Soyuz Launch

NASA TV

The Russian TMA-03M Soyuz spacecraft launches Dec. 21 from Kazakhstan, carrying three new crewmembers to the International Space Station.

Expedition 30 Soyuz Rollout

NASA/Carla Cioffi

The Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft is rolled out by train on its way to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. The launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with Expedition 30 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers is scheduled for 7:16 p.m. local time on Wednesday, December 21.

Comet Lovejoy from ISS

Dan Burbank

Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth’s horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011.

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