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A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. The image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dust have just cascaded down.

This view from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows bedock within a stratigraphic layer informally named "Gilbert," which is the rover's next target after completing an examination of three stratigtaphic layers forming a bright band around the inside of Victoria Crater. The rover will descend deeper into the crater to reach the Gilbert layer.

This is a picture of Mother Earth and the Moon Taken from Mars at a Distance of 88 million miles

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has this view northward from the position at the north edge of the "Home Plate" plateau where the rover will spend its third Martian winter.

A stunning image of the silhouetted Space Shuttle Atlantis with the Sun as a backdrop was captured by Astrophotographer Thierry Legault of France. The image of the transit of Atlantis across the sun was taken from Vero Beach, Florida on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 with a solar-filtered Takahashi TOA-130 refractor and Canon EOD 5D Mark II camera.

ISS Captured as it passed in front of the moon. Credit information to follow.

Morana, of Livermore, California, caught the space station’s transit of the Moon on Feb. 13, 2006 after receiving an update from Thomas Fly’s ISS Transit Alert Service.“I knew right away I had to attempt this transit,” Morana explained. “The ISS was going to be at a range of only 238 miles, closer than any other transit that I have attempted.”The higher the altitude of the Moon, the closed the ISS is during its transit, which means sharper, more detailed images, Morana told SPACE.com.“This means the best lunar transit are in the winter time in the northern hemisphere,” he added.Morana used a Meade 10" F/10 LX200GPS telescope, No Focal Reducer, Watec 902H CCD Video Camera and a KIWI OSD Video Time-inserter connected to a Garmin-18 LVC GPS to photograph the transit, then assembled it into a time-lapse image (above) and brief movie.