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21 Mesmerizing Space Photos from 2015

I have always found space exploration to be incredibly fascinating - its beauty and vastness are undoubtedly mesmerizing. 2015, in particular, was a big year for space exploration, with various telescopes and satellites capturing a number of incredible photographs of our galaxy and beyond. Here are some of the best space photos of 2015.

 
 

 1. Jets of energized gas shooting from a young star, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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2. The Pillars of Creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in infra-red light.

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3. Comet 67P taken by the Rosetta Orbiter.

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4. This is the Acidalia Planitia, captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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5. This globular cluster, Messier 22, was observed by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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6. Star Hen 2-427 and nebula MI-67, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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7.Pictured below is the Galaxy NGC 488, taken by the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

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8. NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory captured this new Blue Marble image of the Earth.

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9. Astronoaut Kjell Lindgren captured this beautiful view of the Milky Way.

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10. This composite image of Mount Sharp on Mars was taken by NASA's Curiosity rover.

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11. This detailed image of Pluto was captured the New Horizons spacecraft's historic.

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12. Pictured below is Saturn's moons - Enceladus and Tethys line up in this photo by the Cassini spacecraft.

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13. This photo was taken  by the Hubble Space Telescope gravitational lens - causing this group of galaxies to appear as a smiley face.

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14. Taken at Mount Lemmon, this nebula is named 'Thor's Helmet'.

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15. Astronaut Terry Virts took this photo of Super Typhoon Maysak from the ISS.

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16. Taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, pictured here is a close up photo of Pluto's moon, Charon.

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17. Pluto's blue layer of haze, captured by the New Horizons.

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18. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren gave us this view of Earth.

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19. This photo was also taken by Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, it shows Scott Kelly working on the ISS.

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20. Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, this photo shows the Westerlund 2 star cluster.

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21. NASA's curiosity rover took this photo of the Kimberly formation on Mars.

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H/T: acidcow.com

 
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