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Venus' surface

MOVE IT  Venus may be more tectonically active than previously thought. The rocky planet’s surface is shown here in an image from NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.

Cassini image of Saturn

COMING INTO FOCUS  Saturn shines in this Cassini image taken in October 2013. Even though the spacecraft is gone, scientists are still learning from its 13 years’ worth of data.

TRAPPIST-1 planets

WATER WORLDS  The TRAPPIST-1 system, with seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star, has captured the attention of scientists hunting for life outside the solar system. New estimates of the planets’ composition indicates that several are enveloped in water and ice.

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