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Space Image of the Day Gallery (September 2014)

Milky Way Over Cerro Paranal

ESO/Yuri Beletsky

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014: The Milky Way glitters over Paranal Observatory atop Cerro Paranal in Chile's high Atacama Desert in this amazing image by ESO photo ambassador Yuri Beletsky. Here, two unit telescopes with Paranal's Very Large Telescope take center stage. Between the two telescopes are the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellenic Cloud, dwarf galaxies near our own Milky Way. Meanwhile, the Coalsack Nebula can be spotted as a dark mark obscuring part of the Milky Way at upper left. To see more amazing photos from the observatory, visit: Spectacular Cosmic Visions from ESO's Paranal Observatory (Gallery).

--Tariq Malik

Have Spacesuit, Will Travel

NASA/Robert Markowitz

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014: European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy wears a NASA spacesuit ahead of spacewalk training inside the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a giant training pool near the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Cristoforetti will launch to the International Space Station on Nov. 24 to join the orbiting lab's Expedition 42 crew. NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov will join her.

--Tariq Malik

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