Alex Longo makes a pitch at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, in October 2015. The Institute sponsored the conference to pick a landing site for the first human landing on Mars. Long has proposed a site for a different mission — a rover landing. Bill Ingalls/NASA hide caption

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A Teen Might Pick The Landing Site For NASA's Next Mars Rover

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NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this view on Aug. 27 as it closed in on Jupiter's north pole, about two hours before the probe's nearest approach. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS hide caption

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NASA Probe Takes First-Ever Close-Up Images Of Jupiter's North Pole

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The Japanese Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii has the right attributes for searching for Planet Nine. National Astronomical Observatory of Japan hide caption

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Astronomers Are On A Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

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Christian Choe, Zach Rosenthal, and Maria Filsinger Interrante, who call themselves Team Lyseia, strategize about experiments to test their new antibiotics. Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News /Courtesy of Stanford University hide caption

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Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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The same word is used to describe light, a lively sea, or a ripple in the fabric of space-time. What's in a wave? Photo illustration by Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

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This illustration show's NASA's Juno mission approaching Jupiter. Juno used distant stars to chart its course across the void. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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'Star Trackers' Help Juno Find Its Way

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Launched from Earth in 2011, the Juno space probe has nearly reached Jupiter. If all goes as hoped, the probe will repeatedly dive between the planet and intense belts of charged particle radiation, in an orbit that will take it from pole to pole. JPL/NASA hide caption

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Juno Space Probe Is Set To Enter Jupiter's Orbit On Monday

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Annelise Capossela

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

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