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This mesmerizing video shows how incredibly vast space really is
Even at the speed of light, the solar system is gigantic.
By Joseph Stromberg

This is phenomenal. This virtual camera moves through our solar system at the speed of light. An amazing perspective by Alphonse Swinehart which, as the article states, “shows how huge just our corner of the galaxy is, even for a photon of light traveling at that remarkable speed." 

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

This view of Jupiter was taken by Voyager 1. This image was taken through color filters and recombined to produce the color image. This photo was assembled from three black and white negatives by the Image Processing Lab at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL manages and controls the Voyager project for NASA’s Office of Space Science.

Credit:  NASA/JPL
Source: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA01384

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The Milky Way Over Yellowstone Will Leave You Breathless   by  David Lane  

The stars are pretty, and they’re even prettier when they’re in some galactic arrangement, like the Milky Way in these pictures by David Lane. He took these pictures in Yellowstone park in the US. You might notice the vibrant coloration – it’s the effect of the photographer increasing the airglow saturation by 10% instead of decreasing it. There’s some combination involved: one picture can made up from 16 combined shots. via: DeMilked

                                        
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Dextre and Arabian Nights: ISS takes bot for dreamy flight over magnificent Middle East (follow link for VIDEO)

New International Space Station (ISS) footage reveals the staggering and fragile beauty of the Middle East at night, when all the violence of the region seems to have stilled and only glimmering lights indicate the pulse of life. The time-lapse footage, showing the ISS hovering over the Middle East at night time, was released on Friday.
The video also features Dextre, the spacecraft’s trusty repair-bot that completes such tasks as changing batteries and replacing cameras outside the ISS. The robot, also known as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), reduces the need for routine spacewalks. There are currently six people aboard the International Space Station.One of the astronauts, Scott Kelly, never misses a chance to reveal Earth’s astounding beauty which just can’t be appreciated from the ground. He has posted a series of photos in his Twitter blog displaying the amazing textures of mountains and seas as seen from space.
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