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Rejected As A Mars One Astronaut Candidate, She's Turning To Plan B (Or M)

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An image of Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows that the brightest spot on the dwarf planet has a dimmer companion. NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA hide caption

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This NASA file image shows a true color photo of Saturn assembled from images collected by Voyager 2. HO/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

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An image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 shows that it seems to be smiling. The space agency says it's the result of a symmetrical alignment of the galaxy cluster and the telescope — along with a powerful gravity field that can bend light. NASA & ESA hide caption

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday. It will be carrying aloft the DSCOVR satellite. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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NASA says this "blue marble" image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. NASA hide caption

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Satellite Set To Stream Daily Images Of Earth From Space

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A visualization of the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB, as detected by ESA's Planck satellite over the entire sky. ESA and the Planck Collaboration hide caption

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Stars over the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Sheppard and Trujillo used the new Dark Energy Camera (DECam) on a telescope there to find the distant dwarf planet 2012 VP 113. Reidar Hahn/Fermilab hide caption

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Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

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Genetically modified rice plants are shown in a lab in 2006. A new report from Pew Research shows a wide gap between perceptions of safety of GM foods between scientists and the general public. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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