Twenty amazing Nasa photos from 2016

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is seen as it lands in September 2016.
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The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is seen as it lands in September 2016.

Nasa has taken some pretty spectacular photos.

The institution and its staff are the good people who brought us the Mars rover and Hubble telescope, and all of their images.

They've also given us amazing photos from the International Space Station.

Nasa has collated some its best images of 2016, taken by their photographers, and posted the collection to their Flickr account.

We've taken brief flick through the selection and have picked out 20 to share.

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday, August 12, 2016 in Spruce Knob, West Virginia, US. 

In this 30 second exposure taken with a circular fish-eye lens, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower as a photographer wipes moisture from the camera lenses. Taken, Friday, August 12, 2016, West Virginia. 

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NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, left, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, center, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos are seen inside the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft a few moments after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (Kazakh time).

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 47 crew members Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency, and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Kopra, Peake, and Malenchenko spent six months onboard the International Space Station

 

The Soyuz launch pad is seen ahead of the Soyuz rocket being rolled out by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, November 14, 2016.

The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette, lower left, as it transits across the face of the sun Monday, May 9, 2016 from NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, US Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, with the previous transit taking place in 2006.

The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 7, 2016. On board were Expedition 48-49 crew members Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft on board is seen illuminated in the distance in this thirty second exposure on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

 

The moon, or supermoon, is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan, Monday, November 14, 2016.

 

The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol Dome is seen in silouette in front of the moon, or supermoon, on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. 

 

The International Space Station is seen in this eleven-second exposure as it flies over the US Marine Corps War Memorial, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, US.

 

The second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System's booster is seen, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thrust needed to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth, the first step on NASA's Journey to Mars..

 

The quench system arm and nozzle are seen at the test area where the second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System's booster took place on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. 

 

Support personnel wait at a helicopter for the arrival of astronaut Tim Peake of the European Space Agency shortly after he, Tim Kopra of NASA, and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos landed in their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

 

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, left, speaks with Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, right, about space suits during a Facebook Live event, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

 

Astronaut Mark Kelly, takes a selfie with Kid Science Advisor Jacob Leggette during a meeting with ten other Kid Science Advisors to discuss what they think is important in science, technology, and innovation, Friday, October 21, 2016 at the White House. After a question from Jacob at the White House Science Fair about whether President Obama had a Kid Science Advisor, the White House launched a Kid Science Advisor campaign, which drew more 2500 ideas from students about science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering nd Mathematics) education.

 

From left to right, Jack Connerney, Juno deputy principal investigator and magnetometer lead co-investigator, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; Chris Jones, associate director for flight projects and mission success, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Dr Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director, NASA; Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute; Geoff Yoder, acting Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA; Michael Watkins, director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; celebrate with others on the Juno team after they received confirmation from the spacecraft that it had successfully completed the engine burn and entered orbit of Jupiter, Monday, July 4, 2016 in mission control of the Space Flight Operations Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

 

NASA astronaut Anne McClain poses for a photograph at an art installation called The Park People Series by artist Nathan Sawaya during the South by South Lawn White House festival, Monday, October. 3, 2016 on the south lawn of the White House in Washington DC. The event brought together creators, innovators, and organisers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.

 

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 48 crew members NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin, and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, September 7, 2016( Kazakh time). Williams, Ovchinin, and Skripochka were returning after 172 days in space where they served as members of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews on board the International Space Station.
 

Annie Glenn, widow of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, pays her respects to her late husband as he lies in state, under a United States Marine honor guard, in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Friday, December 16, 2016.

 - Stuff

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