This may look like a mad scientist's garage sale, but it's actually the most precise clock ever built. Jim Burrus/NIST hide caption

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Mission to Mars: Six explorers lived in this simulated Mars habitat in Hawaii for four months, part of a NASA study to test the role of cooking and food on an extended space mission. Sian Proctor/NASA HI-SEAS hide caption

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An artist's illustration of Kepler-22b, a planet that circles its star in the "goldilocks" zone. Ames/JPL-Caltech/NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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