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Beautiful Space Pictures: The Universe Does Not Get More Spectacular Than These 38 Amazing Images

12/03/2014 16:05 GMT | Updated 12/03/2014 16:59 GMT

Space. It's just... ridiculous.

As Douglas Adams once wrote:

"Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space."

Indeed. And then there's Monty Python:

"The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding

In all of the directions it can whizz

As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,

Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,

How amazingly unlikely is your birth,

And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,

'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth."

Nasa made these photos available in March 2014