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02/03/2013 10:18 am ET

Space Photos Of The Week: NASA's Best Astronomy, Spaceflight Pictures & Videos

NASA launched another communications satellite into orbit last week, releasing this incredible shot of the Atlas V rocket that did the lifting as it rose over Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch kicked off a series of satellite launches to facilitate communication with spacecraft and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Operating 22,300 miles above the Earth's surface, the latest satellite cost the space agency an estimated $350 million.

From a celestial 'doodad,' to a view of astronauts off-roading on the Moon, to a stunning view of a familiar galaxy, this week's space photos (and videos) are nothing short of spectacular.

Check out the slideshow below for more of the best space images this week.

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