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Best Space Photos of the Week - March 29, 2014

Starry Night Software

See what's up in the night sky for April 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software. [See more photos here.]

Astronomy Tourism: Photos from Arizona's Kitt Peak Observatories

Megan Gannon

The Kitt Peak National Observatory is about 50 miles outside of Tucson on a remote mountaintop that rises high above the Sonoran Desert. Just below the summit, the 4-meter Mayall telescope is the largest optical telescope on the mountain. It was completed in 1970. [See more photos here.]

Hubble Telescope Sees Galaxy Spill Its 'Guts' in Space (Video, Images)

NASA/ESA

A spiral galaxy pushing through the heart of its cluster loses much of its star-forming gas, a new image from Hubble reveals. [See more photos here.]

Soyuz Launch Photos: Space Station's US-Russian Expedition 39/40 Crew Blasts Off

Rick Mastracchio (via Twitter as @AstroRM)

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, aboard the International Space Station, tweeted this photo of the Soyuz rocket launching the Expedition 39 crew from Kazakhstan to the station on March 25, 2014. [See more photos here.]

Space Station Photos: Expedition 39 Mission Crew in Orbit

NASA TV

See photos from the Expedition 39 mission to the International Space Station, with images taken by the outpost's six-person crew. [See more photos here.]

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