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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S BEST SPACE PICTURES THIS WEEK CXIII


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See a Mars Rover Selfie and Saturn's Broken Ring
By Victoria Jaggard,
National Geographic News, 17 June 2016.

This week, a mystery blob disrupts one of Saturn's rings, the Curiosity rover strikes a pose at its latest drilling site, and Hubble peers deep into the colourful constellation Sagittarius.

1. Shades of Gray

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NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, stopped for a selfie after drilling into a plateau near Mount Sharp. Gray spots show where the rover took a sample of Martian soil.

2. Glitter Party

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The Milky Way galaxy is brimming with stars in a variety of hues, as seen in this Hubble image of the stellar field around the constellation Sagittarius, the archer.

3. Icy Wound

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NASA's Cassini probe caught an unseen object making a mess in Saturn's outermost F ring. The dusty break was probably caused by a "jet" created by the moon Prometheus.

4. Valley Vista

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The floor of Marathon Valley undulates across Mars in an image by the rover Opportunity. The valley gets its moniker from the rover's odometer - Opportunity surpassed a marathon distance around the time it arrived here.

5. Shimmering Shores

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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this picture of Lake Tengiz, the only large lake in this semi-arid grassland in Kazakhstan.

6. Mars Dust Up

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Colourful curtains map the temperature of the atmosphere during an active dust storm in Acidalia Planitia - the region of northern Mars where the fictional Mark Watney was famously swept away by a storm in The Martian.

[Source: National Geographic News. Edited. Some links added.]

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