Astronomy compels us to look upward, and leads us from this world to another. Plato said that more than 2,300 years ago, and it remains just as true today. The wonders of space never cease to amaze, and if you doubt that, check out the latest photos from NASA.

This composite image shows the structures of star-forming gas clouds.

Photography: ESO

This image shows the Trapezium Cluster, where three young stars are moving away from each other at rapid speeds.

Photography: NASA

Mars’ Holden Crater contains layers of deposits, highlighted as white and light blue, beneath alluvial fans, which are tan and brown in this image.

Photography: NASA

This image shows the last close approach of the Cassini spacecraft to Mimas, Saturn’s moon, taken from only 25,620 miles away. To make this image, scientists combined 10 shots.

Photography: NASA

This satellite image shows lava erupting from Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. Snow is shown in blue, while clouds are gray.

Photography: ESA

This image shows the northern lakes and seas of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, taken from 150,700 miles away.

Photography: NASA