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The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft as it lands with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Sunday. Bill Ingalls/NASA hide caption

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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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Artist's depiction shows the separation of the Schiaparelli lander from the Trace Gas Orbiter (left) as it heads for the surface of Mars. European Space Agency via AP hide caption

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Scientists Await Word From Probe As It Descends Toward Mars

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A visualization shows what the European Space Agency hopes Schiaparelli's Mars landing looks like. The probe will be making its six-minute descent through the atmosphere on Wednesday. M.Thiebaut/ESA-ATG medialab hide caption

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A full-size model of the ExoMars entry, descent and landing module Schiaparelli, with its parachute deployed, was on display in the Netherlands in April. The actual lander is en route to the surface of Mars and set to arrive on Wednesday. ESA hide caption

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Obama Declares Humans Should Go To Mars By The 2030s

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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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