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The week in pictures: May 19–25, 2012

In the past seven days, a SpaceX mission launced to bring cargo to the International Space Station, scientists discovered an exoplanet that appears to be evaporating under the blistering heat of its parent star, Cassini made its closest flyby of the tiny saturnian moon Methone, and more.

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"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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