Best Space Photos of the Week - April 29, 2012

Lake on Saturn Moon Titan Like Namibian Salt Pan


The lake known as Ontario Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan (left) bears a striking similarity to a salt pan in Namibia known as Etosha Pan (right), a new study finds. Ontario Lacus, imaged by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 12, 2010, covers an area about 140 by 47 miles; Etosha Pan, imaged by a NASA/USGS Landsat satellite on Jan. 21, 2003, covers an area about 75 by 40 miles. [Full Story]

Saturn's Rings and Four Moons

Sander van den Berg/Vimeo

This still from the video "Outer Space" shows Saturn's rings and four of the giant planet's moons. [Full Story and Amazing Video]

Hubble Space Telescope Sees Cluster of Stars in Large Magellanic Cloud

ESA/Hubble, NASA and D. A Gouliermis. Acknowledgement: Flickr user Eedresha Sturdivant

On the 22nd anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch, NASA released an image captured by the observatory of a young stellar grouping in one of the largest known star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. [Full Story]

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