<p>A Soyuz rocket shoots into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 23. Three crewmembers bound for the International Space Station for a five month mission were on board.</p>

Up, Up, and Away

A Soyuz rocket shoots into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 23. Three crewmembers bound for the International Space Station for a five month mission were on board.

Photograph by Aubrey Gemignani, NASA

Week's Best Space Pictures: New "Blue Marble," Pluto's Peaks

Earth's sunny side shines while researchers take a closer look at a mysterious mountain range on Pluto.

Feed your need for heavenly views of the universe with our pick of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, crewmembers bound for the International Space Station blast off while scientists peer into the dawn of "normal" galaxies.

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