18/04/2012 10:58 BST | Updated 18/06/2012 06:12 BST

Nasa Photos Of The Week: The UK At Night And Northern Lights

The crew of the International Space Station clearly have the best views of any workplace.

Flying around 240 miles above the eastern North Atlantic, right by the UK, the expedition 30 crew captured a beautiful shot of the UK and Ireland at night. The norther lights linger in the top left of the shot, while a bright sunrise creeps over the horizon at top right.

It's not everyday we get to see the crew going about their business, and another of this week's great shots shows astronaut Bob Curbeam on a spacewalk back in 2006.

A shot straight out of A Space Odyssey shows the European Space Agency's automated transfer vehicle, ATV-3, approaching the ISS for docking. The unmanned craft docked on March 28, 2012 to deliver food, air, water and equipment to the team.

Back on earth, an astounding image from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope. The colourful image shows the star nursery of the Orion nebula, 1,500 light-years away.

Space is not quite so colourful as this. The four stars at the centre of the nebula are shaded yellow, green shows indicates hydrogen and sulfur gas, red and orange indicate carbon and young stars are yellow dots.

Click through the slideshow of Nasa photos of the week below.