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November's Stellar Space Pictures

November's Stellar Space Pictures

View new pictures of Mars, the last picture of the dwarf planet Ceres and images of the brightest galaxy in the universe.

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One of the first pictures that the Insight lander sent of the Martian surface, soon after its successful touchdown on Mars.

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NASA/JPL-Caltech

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 11:45

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- This month, we celebrate the beginning of one space mission and the end of another, among other new discoveries. NASA ended its Dawn mission to the asteroid belt but began a new one on Mars. In other parts of the universe, researchers made unexpected discoveries about neighboring stars and far-flung galaxies. Our selection of photos and illustrations brings the celebration back to Earth.

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At the beginning of November, NASA announced the end of the Dawn mission, which started in 2015. This picture is the Dawn spacecraft's last look at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. Of particular interest to scientists are Cerealia Facula, Ceres' brightest spots pictured in the crater to the west, and Vinalia Faculae, the cluster of smaller bright spots to the east. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

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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.