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NASA Spitzer Space Telescopefrom NASA Spitzer Space Telescope

A Classic Beauty

At a distance of about 30 million light years from Earth, it is also one of the brightest spirals in the night sky. A composite image of M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, shows the majesty of its structure in a dramatic new way through several of NASA's orbiting observatories.

India's first spacecraft to visit Mars has beamed home its greatest photo of the Red Planet yet, a spectacular view that reveals the planet from pole to pole.

National Geographic Society (blogs)from National Geographic Society (blogs)

Volcanoes Reveal Lunar Eruptions Long-Lived

Volcanoes shaped the moon's surface until relatively recently. The bright areas are the ancient crust leftover from the moon’s formation, and the dark areas are the relatively newer, smooth plains that formed from all that lava that erupted from the interior. These dark plains are what are called maria, Latin for “seas.”