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Are We Headed Into Another Mass Extinction?

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Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara speaks at TED in 2016. Bret Hartman/TED hide caption

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What's The Anthropocene?

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The main control room of the European Space Operation Center in Darmstadt, Germany, is pictured Friday during the controlled descent of the European Space Agency space probe Rosetta onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The northern lights over Iceland in February. The glowing orange area on the left side are the lights of the capital, Reykjavik. Jamie Cooper/SSPL via Getty Images hide caption

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An illustration of Rosetta just before Friday's expected landing on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The final approach aims to be only at "walking speed," mission specialists say, but that's enough to tip the antenna away from Earth. ATG medialab/ESA hide caption

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Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

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Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the Dragon V2 spaceship at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., in May 2014. Musk predicted during an interview at the Code Conference in Southern California on June 1 that people would be on Mars in 2025. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Meant For Space Aliens, Earthlings Get To Hear Voyager Golden Record

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Katherine Johnson sits at her desk with a globe, or "Celestial Training Device." NASA/NASA hide caption

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'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did The Math That Put Men On The Moon

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If Trip Home Is Delayed, Astronaut Will Have To Vote From Space

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Visitors stand beside a model of the Tiangong-1 space lab in 2010, at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, China. The real Tiangong-1 was launched into space in 2011 and will be returning to Earth next year — with some observers speculating China has lost control over the spacecraft. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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This rendering shows a snapshot from a cosmological simulation of a Lyman-alpha blob. J.Geach/D.Narayanan/R.Crain/European Southern Observatory hide caption

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Astronomers Find Clues In The Case Of The Glowing Space 'Blobs'

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