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Auroras, Saturn Storms, Moon Maps & MoreFrom a dazzling aurora view to a spectacular storm on Saturn, there were some stunning views from space this week.
Don't miss these stunning photos and images from the last week in space.
Astronauts Usher in New NYC Museum Space ShowSlide 2 of 22
Astronauts Usher in New NYC Museum Space ShowNEW YORK — The American Museum of Natural History here raised the curtain on its brand new space show this week, with help from two guys with first-hand experience.
NASA astronauts Mike Massimino and John Grunsfeld, who both flew on the last space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, were on hand at the museum to introduce a new temporary exhibition called "Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration."
The show opens to the public Saturday (Nov. 19), and will run through Aug. 12, 2012. [Full Gallery for NYC Museum Space Show]Slide 3 of 22
Spectacular Photos of Monster Saturn Storm Snapped by NASA SpacecraftSlide 4 of 22
Spectacular Photos of Monster Saturn Storm Snapped by NASA SpacecraftA NASA spacecraft has chronicled the birth, evolution and death of the biggest storm to hit Saturn in two decades.
The monster storm on Saturn emerged in the ringed planet's northern hemisphere on Dec. 5, 2010. It started out as a tiny spot but grew rapidly, completely encircling the planet by late January 2011. It eventually extended about 9,000 miles (15,000 kilometers) from north to south before sputtering out in late June.
The storm's 200-day active period makes it the longest-lived planet-encircling tempest ever observed on Saturn, researchers said. And NASA's unmanned Cassini probe watched everything unfold, snapping pictures all the while. [See More Amazing Saturn Storm Photos]Slide 5 of 22
NASA Probe Beams Home Best Moon Map EverSlide 6 of 22
NASA Probe Beams Home Best Moon Map EverScientists have stitched together the highest-resolution topographic map of the moon ever created, using observations made by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.
The new lunar map covers 98.2 percent of the moon and depicts the natural satellite's surface and features at a pixel scale of about 330 feet (100 meters). A global view of Earth's nearest neighbor at such high resolution had never existed before, scientists said.
"Our new topographic view of the moon provides the dataset that lunar scientists have waited for since the Apollo era," said Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, principal investigator of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), in a statement Thursday (Nov. 17). [Read More]Slide 7 of 22
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