Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says valuing space exploration "transforms the culture into one that values science and technology." AP hide caption

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Astronauts may have a particular affinity for Tabasco sauce in space because their sense of smell and taste is distorted. John Rose/NPR hide caption

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, seen in this artist's rendering, will be built on the peak of the Cerro Pachon mountain in Chile and will survey every patch of the night sky. The data the telescope will collect will allow researchers to "answer fundamentally different questions about the universe," says one astronomer. Todd Mason/LSST Corp. hide caption

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New Telescope To Make 10-Year Time Lapse Of Sky

It will produce what astronomers clamor for: a detailed map of every square inch of the night sky.

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