The U.S. government is a major contributor to climate research. It funds missions like NASA's 2010 ICESCAPE expedition to study the decline of Arctic sea ice. Kathryn Hansen/NASA hide caption

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Trump's Election Leaves Scientists In A Climate Of Uncertainty

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Portrait Of U.S. Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. in 1998, when he served as Payload Specialist For Space Shuttle Sts-95. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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John Glenn, First American To Orbit The Earth, Dies At 95

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A visit to Jupiter's moon Europa in the 2020s is among the upcoming NASA missions that have real potential to search for "biosignatures," or substances that provide evidence of life. NASA/JPL hide caption

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If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

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The huge sun shield of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope must be carefully folded to fit into a space about the size of a school bus before takeoff. Chris Gunn/NASA hide caption

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Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

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New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier

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Asteroids regularly pass by Earth, as depicted here. A new NASA system called Scout aims to identify the ones that will come closest to the planet. P. Carril/ESA hide caption

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NASA's New 'Intruder Alert' System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

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