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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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An artist's depiction of the new GOES-R satellite. Lockheed Martin/Flickr hide caption

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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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An image of Mars taken on May 12. NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team - STScI/AURA, J. Bell - ASU, M. Wolff - Space Science Institute via AP hide caption

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Under NASA's plan, a spacecraft would get to the asteroid in the early 2020s — then pluck a car-sized boulder from the surface and head back toward Earth, to put the boulder in orbit around the moon. NASA hide caption

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NASA's Other Asteroid Mission: Grab A Chunk And Put It In Orbit Around The Moon

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A rocket carrying the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft lifts off at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday. The spacecraft aims to collect samples from the asteroid Bennu. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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NASA Launches Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust

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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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