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The week in pictures: November 19–December 2, 2011

These past two weeks saw the launch of a new martian rover, chronicles of a Saturn storm, a new lunar typography map, strange red galaxies, and more.
NASA/Bill White

NASA launches most capable and robust rover to Mars

During a nearly two-year prime mission after landing in August 2012, the rover will investigate whether the Gale Crater region has ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life. Learn more »

"The week in pictures" highlights the amazing discoveries and cutting-edge research that resulted in magnificent photos and illustrations in the past week's Astronomy.com News section. Scroll through the photos, comment on your favorites, and click links to learn more about the science behind the pictures. We hope "The week in pictures” will not only highlight all our beautiful universe has to offer but also summarize the important stories of the past seven days in case you missed anything.

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