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— Hanneke Weitering Thursday, November 30, 2017: With the help of a few NASA technicians, the Orion crew capsule makes its way over to the thermal testing chamber at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Inside the chamber, the spacecraft will undergo a variety of tests to assess the integrity of its structure and hardware.

Thursday, December 28, 2017: This Hubble Space Telescope photo of a cosmic holiday ornament shows NGC 6326, a planetary nebula of glowing gas surrounding a star that is near the end of its life.

"When a star ages and the red giant phase of its life comes to an end, it starts to eject layers of gas from its surface leaving behind a hot and compact white dwarf.

"Shooting just south of Asheville, NC during the new moon and aiming south (avoiding light pollution) really helps bring out everything in the night sky." — Hanneke Weitering Tuesday, December 19, 2017: An airplane flies in front of December's full "supermoon" in this photo taken by Steve Schroff in Kent, Ohio.

During a supermoon, the full moon appears slightly bigger and brighter than usual, because the moon makes its closest approach to Earth around the same time that it reaches its fullest phase.

— Hanneke Weitering Wednesday, December 13, 2017: In this fisheye view, an Ariane 5 rocket rocket blasts off from the European Space Agency's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Tuesday (Dec. The rocket launched four Galileo navigation satellites for Europe's GPS network.

— Hanneke Weitering Tuesday, December 12, 2017: A view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an area in the northern Meridiani Planum region where faults on the Martian surface have broken up layers of geological deposits.

Sometimes this ejection results in elegantly symmetric patterns of glowing gas, but NGC 6326 is much less structured.

This object is located in the constellation of Ara, the Altar, about 11,000 light-years from Earth," European Space Agency officials wrote in an image description.

While some of these layers show clean breaks, others appear stretched out, suggesting "that some of the faulting occurred while the layered deposits were still soft and could undergo deformation, whereas other faults formed later when the layers must have been solidified and produced a clean break," NASA officials wrote in an image release.

— Hanneke Weitering Monday, December 11, 2017: Blue clouds swirl in Jupiter's northern hemisphere in this photo taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft on its ninth close flyby of the gas giant on Oct. At the time, Juno was 1,747 miles (18,906 km) from the tops of Jupiter's clouds.

"Lightning is always a treat from orbit," Bresnik tweeted.

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