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April's Stunning Space Pictures

April's Stunning Space Pictures

This month's featured images include a commemorative portrait of the spacecraft Cassini and a composite image of dark matter.

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 16:15

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Over the past month, astronomers have celebrated new anniversaries, final missions, and intriguing observations. In April’s selection of astronomy images, we travel the solar system through the lenses of the Cassini and Dawn spacecraft. Then, we peer at far-away stars for hints of dark matter. Please enjoy our slideshow below.

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To commemorate the Cassini spacecraft's first dive between Saturn and the planet’s rings, NASA released this artist's conception. The dive is part of the spacecraft's final mission, a descent into Saturn's atmosphere that will result in Cassini's destruction. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Abigail Malate is a graphic designer at the American Institute of Physics, which produces the editorially independent news service Inside Science.