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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp.
This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called 'Buckskin' on lower Mount Sharp.

Looking Up at Mars Rover Curiosity in 'Buckskin' Selfie

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.
Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. North on Dione is up.

Dione with Rings and Shadows

NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The mountain, located in the southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 kilometers) high.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The mountain, located in the southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 kilometers) high.

The Lonely Mountain

Unusual arc-shaped, reddish streaks cut across the surface of Saturn's ice-rich moon Tethys in this enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Unusual arc-shaped, reddish streaks cut across the surface of Saturn's ice-rich moon Tethys in this enhanced-color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Red Arcs on Tethys

Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto.
Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto.

Pluto's Colorful Composition

The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.
The view from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows Titan's crescent nearly encircling Saturn's disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere refracting the incoming light of the distant Sun.

Mimicking the Moon

Uranus' icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.
Uranus' icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.

Miranda's Icy Face

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows three moons -- Titan, Mimas, and Rhea. Titan, the largest moon shown here, appear fuzzy because we only see its cloud layers.

Triple Crescents

Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.
Flaring, active regions of our sun are highlighted in this image combining observations from several telescopes. During the observations, microflares went off, which are smaller versions of the larger flares that also erupt from the sun's surface.

NuSTAR Stares at the Sun

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.
This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.
The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft.

Europa's Stunning Surface

In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.
In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn's rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame.

The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview

This impact crater, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta.
This impact crater, as seen by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, appears relatively recent as it has a sharp rim and well-preserved ejecta.

A Fresh Crater near Sirenum Fossae

This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).
This image of Ceres is part of a sequence taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft April 24 to 26, 2015, from a distance of 8,500 miles (13,500 kilometers).

Dawn RC3 Image 4

This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86.
This image combines data from four different space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of the oldest documented example of a supernova, called RCW 86.

All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova

This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.
This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Astronomers have studied two star clusters using NASA's Chandra and infrared telescopes.

Inside the Flame Nebula

The tip of the 'wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy.
The tip of the 'wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud galaxy is dazzling in this new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The SMC, is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years way that orbits our own Milky Way spiral galaxy.

Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet often photographed by amateur astronomers for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye.

Comets Kick up Dust in Helix Nebula

W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms as seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory.
W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms as seen by ESA's Herschel space observatory.

Churning Out Stars

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.
NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes combined to make these shape-shifting galaxies taking on the form of a giant mask. The icy blue eyes are actually the cores of two merging galaxies, called NGC 2207 and IC 2163, and the mask is their spiral arms.

Eyes in the Sky

The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Horsehead of a Different Color

This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.
This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows where the action is taking place in galaxy NGC 1291. The outer ring, colored red, is filled with new stars that are igniting and heating up dust that glows with infrared light.

Ring of Stellar Fire

This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.
This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.

Uranus as seen by NASA's Voyager 2

In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet.
In this new view of the Andromeda, also known as M31, galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet.

Cool Andromeda

This composite image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains data from Chandra, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
This composite image of NGC 2207 and IC 2163 contains data from Chandra, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Gathering Gives Impressive Light Display

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