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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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In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 48-49 crewmembers (left to right) Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency prepared for a four-month mission on the International Space Station in this June 2016 photo. Alexander Vysotsky/NASA hide caption

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Why We're All Trapped In 3-D

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The pair of galaxies NGC 1531/2, engaged in a spirited waltz, is located about 70 million light-years away toward the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). R. Gendler and J.E. Ovaldsen/ESO/IDA hide caption

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Does The Size Of Space Freak You Out?

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This artist's rendering shows what the view might look like from one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool, reddish dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nature hide caption

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3 Strange Worlds Circling A Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots To Support Life

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Stephen Hawking discusses the "Breakthrough Starshot" space exploration initiative during a news conference Tuesday at One World Observatory in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize Foundation hide caption

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Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

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Tina Buechner da Costa (left) hopes to become Germany's female astronaut. Claudia Kessler (right), CEO of HE Space, is organizing a campaign to send the first German woman into space. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Wanted: Female German Astronauts

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With this shot of Mount Fuji, astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted, "your majesty casts a wide shadow!" Scott Kelly/NASA hide caption

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Astronaut's Photos From Space Change How We See Earth

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