Space! (32 images)

Updated: Sept. 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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Venus begins transit across the Sun, the last time the event will occur until 2117 as this solar event happens in pairs eight years apart and separated from each other by either 105 or 121 years as pictured in NASA/SDO handout photograph on June 5, 2012. UPI/NASA/SDO, HMI, AIA
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This NASA image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released on June 25, 2012 shows galaxy DDO 82. This dwarf galaxies contains between a few million and a few billion stars. DDO 82 can be found in the constellation of Ursa Major (the Great Bear) approximately 13 million light-years away. UPI/NASA
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This undated NASA image taken by Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite shows a synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia, June 26, 2012. UPI/NASA
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This February 29, 2012 NASA infrared image captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope shows a new view of the Orion Nebula, March 12, 2012. UPI/NASA
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One of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a "fisheye" wide-angle lens on one of the rover's front Hazard-Avoidance cameras at one-quarter of full resolution. The camera is the left eye of a stereo pair positioned at the middle of the rover's front side. The rover's shadow is visible in the foreground. UPI/NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Activity lead Bobak Ferdowsi, who cuts his hair differently for each mission, works inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on August 5, 2012. The Curiosity robot is equipped with a nuclear-powered lab capable of vaporizing rocks and ingesting soil, measuring habitability, and potentially paving the way for human exploration, and was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. UPI/Brian van der Brug/pool
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