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The week in pictures: May 26–June 1, 2012

In the past seven days, SpaceX completed a mission to bring cargo to the International Space Station, scientists discovered a gamma-ray beams extending from the Milky Way's center, the twin GRAIL spacecraft finished their primary lunar mission ahead of schedule, and more.

SpaceX Dragon attached to space station in spaceflight first

Now that the private sector has proven its ability to resupply the International Space Station, it opens a new frontier for commercial opportunities in space. 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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