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NASA Astronauts Set To Get Sweet Treat With Next Delivery To International Space Station

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On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse. The corridor lay mostly over the ocean but also cut across the northern tip of Australia where both professional and amateur astronomers gathered to watch. Romeo Durscher/NASA Goddard Space Center/Flickr hide caption

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Why Future Earthlings Won't See Total Solar Eclipses

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Young Astronaut Hopeful Gets NASA Tour Of His (Space) Dreams

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40 Years Ago, NASA Launched Message To Aliens Into Deep Space

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Why Scientists Can't Explain All The Appeal Of An Eclipse

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Carhenge lies in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse. Christian Heeb/Getty Images hide caption

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As Eclipse Madness Sweeps U.S., A Stonehenge Made Of Cars Prepares

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Ahead Of Solar Eclipse, Small Town Prepares For Light Among The Darkness

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Retired astrophysicist Fred Espenak (right) and his wife, Patricia, photographed a total solar eclipse from Jinta, China, on Aug. 1, 2008. He has witnessed 27 such events and plans to be in Casper, Wyo., on Aug. 21 — depending on the forecast. Courtesy of Fred Espenak hide caption

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Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

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'A Beautiful Spectacle': Geographer Makes Case To Witness Solar Eclipse

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A total solar eclipse is visible through the clouds as seen from Vagar in the Faroe Islands in March 2015. Eric Adams/AP hide caption

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Scientists Prepare For 'The Most Beautiful Thing You Can See In The Sky'

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NASA's Voyager Program Turns 40

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The goals of the planetary protection officer are to protect the Earth and to protect other planets from being contaminated by substances from Earth during exploration. NASA hide caption

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be NASA's Next Planetary Protection Officer?

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Proper eye protection is a must for anyone looking up at a solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses are far darker than regular sunglasses. Joseph Okpako/Getty Images hide caption

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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

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"It's not just about making one German astronaut happy with fresh bread," Marcu explains. "There's really a deeper meaning to bread in space." Above, a photo illustration of bread in space. NASA/ Bake in Space GmbH hide caption

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Flight engineer Kate Rubins checks out the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, which is attached to the International Space Station. NASA hide caption

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After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

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