This week, we saw NASA spacecraft Juno's first pictures from Jupiter and the deepest view yet of the Orion Nebula.

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks down here on Earth, as our country struggles with seemingly intractable issues like gun violence, racism and inequality, not to mention a contentious presidential election.

Sometimes, it takes a view from space to confirm the world is still spinning on its axis properly.

NASA spacecraft Juno’s first pictures from Jupiter kicked off a banner week for space images.

Then, for the second time this year, NASA captured an image of the moon passing between one of its satellites and Earth.

A creature was discovered on a deserted planet…

… and we got our deepest look yet into the Orion Nebula.

An image by the European Southern Observatory on July 12 is obtained from multiple exposures using the HAWK-I infrared camera in Chile, showing the Orion Nebula star-formation region. (European Pressphoto Agency / ESO / H. Drass)
An image by the European Southern Observatory on July 12 is obtained from multiple exposures using the HAWK-I infrared camera in Chile, showing the Orion Nebula star-formation region. (European Pressphoto Agency / ESO / H. Drass)