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German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of the Earth reflecting light from the sun while aboard the International Space Station July 17, 2014. Alexander Gerst/ESA/Getty Images hide caption

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this image of southern Scandinavia, showing the northern lights aurora, just before midnight under a full moon on April 3, 2015. NASA hide caption

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The link between science and superheroes is evident in Marvel Studios' Black Panther. Science is why T'Challa's nation, Wakanda, is globally preeminent. Marvel Studios 2018 hide caption

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Rachel Brosnahan wins the award for best actress in a comedy series for "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" at the 23rd annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Jan. 11 in Santa Monica, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Sonequa Martin-Green, center, a cast member in "Star Trek: Discovery," poses with original "Star Trek" cast members Nichelle Nichols, left, and William Shatner at the premiere of the new television series on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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