March 20, 2012 11:07 AM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
The wonders of the sky, as seen by NASA

NASA's WISE mission creates an 'atlas of the sky'



After nearly 15 years, NASA's WISE mission produces an "atlas of the sky." Here is a selection from the nearly 80,000 stunning images. (© NASA/JPL - Caltech/UCLA photo)
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Some 14 years ago, NASA began to explore the sky in a way never done before. Though until now, the results of the mission, which aimed to use infra-red imagining to map what lies above us, were hidden from much of the world.

Now we see. The famed space agency recently released the results from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, an initiative that snapped some 2.7 million images of the sky, capturing everything from nearby asteroids to distant galaxies. After nearly a decade and a half in the making, here are some of the most jaw-dropping pics from WISE of the great unknown.

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