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An image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 shows that it seems to be smiling. The space agency says it's the result of a symmetrical alignment of the galaxy cluster and the telescope — along with a powerful gravity field that can bend light. NASA & ESA hide caption

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Larkin Carey, an optical engineer with Ball Aerospace, examines two test mirror segments designed for the James Webb Space Telescope. The mirror for the scope is extremely powerful, but heavy and pricey. NASA hide caption

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

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Artist concept of New Horizons spacecraft. The Hubble Space Telescope is being pressed into service to help scientists look for a post-Pluto target for the space probe. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute hide caption

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