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International Space Station Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore holds up the first object made in space with 3-D printing on Nov. 25. NASA hide caption

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To Boldly Go Where No 3-D Printer Has Gone Before: Yep, Space

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Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

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The Rosetta spacecraft, which orbits the comet, captured this series of images of the Philae lander bounding off the surface. The precise spot the lander came to a stop remains unknown. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA hide caption

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Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

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The ESA released this composite panoramic image showing Philae's surroundings on Comet 67P. To illustrate the lander's orientation, the agency superimposed a sketch of the craft. ESA Rosetta/Philae/CIVA hide caption

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Engineers at the European Space Agency fear that they won't be able to communicate with the Philae lander after Friday. Here, lander manager Stefan Ulamec (left, in foreground) watches as data confirming the comet landing arrived Wednesday. European Space Agency hide caption

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Matthew McConaughey plays an astronaut explorer in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Paramount Pictures/Melinda Sue Gordon hide caption

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Separates Fact From Fiction In 'Interstellar'

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After Bouncy Landing, Philae Lander At Rest On Comet

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The Philae lander beamed back images showing one of its three feet on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko . This photo is compiled from two images; a wider version will be released later Thursday. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA hide caption

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

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The Philae lander took this photo of its descent onto comet 67P Wednesday, when it was about 3 kilometers from the surface. The landing site is seen with a resolution of about 3 meters per pixel. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS hide caption

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Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is about to send a lander to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA/Rosetta/NavCam hide caption

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Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

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