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Best Space Photos of the Week - Dec. 8, 2013

  • Bizarre Saturn Vortex Swirls in Stunning New NASA Video

    In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI/Hampton
  • Amazing Photos: Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 Spotted by Stargazers

    Comet Lovejoy by Scott MacNeill
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    CREDIT: Scott MacNeill | Frosty Drew Observatory
  • Launch Photos: Classified US Spy Satellite Blasts Off on Atlas 5 Rocket

    A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the classified NROL-39 satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office launches on Dec. 5, 2013. The rocket launched at 11:14:30 PST from Space Launch Complex-3 by Team Vandenberg at Vandenberg Air Force B
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    CREDIT: U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson
  • Images: Moon Express' Private Lunar Lander

    MoonEx-1
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    CREDIT: Google Lunar X Prize
  • Cosmic Dust

    Zodiacal Glow Lightens Paranal Sky
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    CREDIT: ESO/Y. Beletsky
  • 'Stairway to Eden'

    Milky Way Rising Over Acadia National Park
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    CREDIT: Michael Ciuraru/Darkvoid Photography
  • Strange

    Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 660
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    CREDIT: ESA/Hubble & NASA
  • Red Light Glowing

    Sh2-64 Emission Nebula
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    CREDIT: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Secretive Blue Origin Test-Fires Rocket Engine (Video)

    Blue Origin Test Fires Rocket Engine
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    CREDIT: NASA/Lauren Harnett
  • Photos: Chris Hadfield, Canada's Star Astronaut, Hometown Visit

    Hadfield Avatar Playing Guitar
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    CREDIT: Elizabeth Howell for SPACE.com
A NASA probe has captured an amazing video of the huge and mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole. [See the Video]

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