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Photo: Reid Wiseman—NASA

Around the World in 90 Minutes with Astronaut Reid Wiseman

"A simple toy from my childhood makes for a cool picture in space," says NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who regularly sends back images from the International Space Station. He speaks to TIME LightBox of the importance of social media in space exploration. 

This week, TIME LightBox takes a deep look at the different types of photography produced in space, the tools used by astronauts and their robotic counterparts, the scientific and sociological implications of photos made by the space program, and how space photography fits into the pantheon of photography proper. Plus, we’ll show you some really breathtaking and, in some cases, rarely seen, images - because what is more breathtaking than photos from space?

Photo: Andrew Esiebo

#LightBoxFF: Instagram as Revolutionary Media with Andrew Esiebo

Lagos-based photographer Andrew Esiebo (@andrewesiebo) says Instagram offers a new future for African photographers to show their work to the world without conforming to Western media ideals.

Photo: James Nachtwey for TIME

The Rohingya, Burma’s Forgotten Muslims

More than 140,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have been forced to live in camps, where NGOs have been evicted and disease and despair have taken root.

Photo: David Guttenfelder—AP

David Guttenfelder: The Photographer as Explorer

After 20 years as an Associated Press photographer, David Guttenfelder is once again a freelancer. He speaks to TIME about his life at AP, his future plans and being named one of National Geographic’s new explorers.

Photo: David Favrod

Mystery and Memory and the Voies-Off Photography Festival

The 2014 Voies-Off Festival supports emerging contemporary photographers from its location on the outskirts of Les Rencontres d’Arles, including David Favrod’s visual exploration of public histories and personal memories.

Photo: Malin Fezehai for TIME

'A Kind of Purgatory': African Refugees in Israel

It is estimated that 60,000 African asylum-seekers reside in the State of Israel, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. For these men, women and children, the journey to the country is as perilous as it is difficult.

Photo: Steve McCurry—Magnum

The Photo That Made Me: Steve McCurry, Mexico City 1972

TIME LightBox talks to Steve McCurry as part of our new series The Photo That Made Me, in which photographers tell us about the one photograph they made that they believe jump-started their career, garnered them international attention, or simply sparked an interest in photography.

Photo: Joseph Ruzicka—CCNY

A New Age of Analog at New York’s Most Historic Camera Club

The Camera Club of New York signs a deal this week in hopes of revitalizing its programming while remaining true to its analog roots.

Photo: Sebastian Liste—NOOR

NOOR Welcomes Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui

The Netherlands-based photo collective, Noor Images, welcomes photographers Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui to its roster, signaling a desire to add fresh coverage on a range of under-reported local issues.

Photo: Alessandro Penso

Shining a Light on the Plight of Europe’s Migrants, From Rome to Brussels

Trucks have become symbols of hope for many migrants in search of better lives in Western Europe, says photographer Alessandro Penso, who has taken to Europe’s roads in a bid to raise awareness on immigration issues

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