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Views from the 1964 World's Fair

Space Fair April 22, 2014

A discharge of energy from the Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratories

Zapped! February 3, 2014

Superman's back story may have been inspired by an exploding star

Exploding Stars December 14, 2013

Hubble Space Telescope image of M101

Stellar Pinwheel May 31, 2013

Combined visual and millimeter-wave view of Orion Nebula, M42

Cold Fire May 16, 2013

The starry ceiling of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Sky February 2, 2013

Infrared image of the star Fomalhaut (center) and surround debris ring

Messy Building Zone September 18, 2012

Andromeda and the Milky Way head for a galactic pile-up

Collision Course September 12, 2012

Artist's concept of the Gamma Cephei star system

Stellar Geometry September 4, 2012

A Voyager spacecraft and the cover of a record of Earth sights and sounds

Words From Home August 20, 2012

Early view of the rim of Gale Crater

Inside the Wall August 12, 2012

Mars Science Laboratory heatshield falls away

Martian Litter August 10, 2012

August 8, 2012, view of Mars from the Curiosity rover

Getting Acquainted August 8, 2012

Composite view of Curiosity rover landing and operating on Mars

Drop In, Stay Awhile August 6, 2012

Current and future pole stars

Moving On July 23, 2012

False-color view of Comet Swift-Tuttle, 1992

Swift Comet July 16, 2012

Apollo 17 at the rim of Shorty Crater, December 1972

Back to the Moon(rocks) June 11, 2012

Saturn's moon Titan floats in front of the giant planet

Moon on a String May 11, 2012

Beams of light shine through the Egg Nebula

Stellar Headlights May 1, 2012

Apollo 16 lunar module, Orion, on the Moon's Plains of Descartes

Almost Home April 21, 2012

Space shuttle Discovery flies above Washington, DC, April 17, 2012

Last Stop April 19, 2012

Saturn's battered moon Tethys seen by the Cassini Spacecraft, April 14, 2012

Wrinkly Moon April 17, 2012

Saturn and its rings as seen by Cassini

Subtle Color April 15, 2012

Water geysers from the south pole of Enceladus, a moon of Saturn

Leaking Moon March 26, 2012

Hubble Space Telescope view of Cat's Eye Nebula, a planetary nebula

Blowing Bubbles March 13, 2012

Mars is at opposition in early March 2012, shining brightest for the year

Mighty Mars March 3, 2012

Newborn stars in the Orion Nebula

Bright Babies March 1, 2012

Voyager mission enhanced-color image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Planetary Impressionism February 26, 2012

The Carina Nebula, a massive stellar nursery

Star Factory February 13, 2012

Dark lunar features are named seas or oceans

Split Personality February 9, 2012

Sirius B, the white-dwarf companion to Sirius, compared to the size of Earth

Stellar Afterlife February 1, 2012

A January 23, 2012 solar flare

Restless Sun January 30, 2012

Endeavour Crater, winter home of the Opportunity Mars rover

Winter Wonderland January 26, 2012

Infrared view of the spiral galaxy IC 342

Tangled Galaxy January 22, 2012

Earth's atmosphere distorts the Moon as seen from the International Space Statio

Squashed Moon January 17, 2012

Infrared view of starbirth in the vast nebula complex Cygnus X

Busy Nursery January 13, 2012