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NASA's 'spectacular' map of the stars: A slideshow
A photo-snapping spacecraft captures millions of incredible outer space images. Here, nine of the best
 
This image of galaxy Messier 33 is just one of many released by NASA after a 14-month picture-gathering mission. NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

In 2009, NASA launched the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, on a mission to capture images of the entire sky with an infrared telescope. In the 14 month since its launch, WISE has captured 2.5 million images, and made a host of new discoveries, including 33,000 new asteroids and 20 comets. NASA has just released some of WISE's amazing shots to the public. Here, nine "spectacular," out-of-this-world images.

 

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