For the past year - about a million miles from Earth - the infrared cameras on the Herschel Space Observatory have been capturing images of giant swirling clouds of cosmic dust.
Take a look with one of the Herschel mission's co-investigators, and former president of the Royal Astronomical Society, Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson.
Music courtesy KPM Music.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 18 May 2010.
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