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Best Space Photos of the Week - Nov. 23, 2013

Amazing Photos: NASA Astronaut Rick Mastracchio's Space Station Views

Rick Mastracchio (via Twitter as @AstroRM)

This stunning photo of small satellites seen a few moments after deployment from the International Space Station was taken by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio while aboard the ISS on Nov. 19, 2013.

Stunning Space Photos: NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins' Views from Orbit

Mike Hopkins (via Twitter as @ AstroIllini)

This cool photo of NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins was taken from the cupola of the International Space Station on Oct. 15, 2013. “Can't believe this is really me from the Cupola and that I've been in space for almost 3 weeks now!” Hopkins tweeted.

Just Out of Thin Air

Koichi Wakata (via Twitter as @Astro_Wakata)

Dr. Koichi Wakata represents the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as a Flight Engineer on International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 38 and the Commander of Expedition 39. He will be the first Japanese astronaut to command the ISS. On Nov. 17, 2013, he tweeted this image of the moon taken aboard the ISS. He wrote: “Moon rising out of the beautiful thin earth atmosphere. pic.twitter.com/h416Hpllmy”

Atmosphere

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Clouds in Saturn’s atmosphere trace delicate shapes. Cassini spacecraft captured this image on Aug. 12, 2013, using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light. A portion of the rings is also visible. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 18 degrees above the ringplane, when the spacecraft was at a distance of approximately 994,000 miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Saturn.

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