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Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

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Diagram of the path of a space rock from outside our solar system — the first ever observed. Brooks Bays / SOEST Publication Services / UH Institute for Astronomy hide caption

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American astronaut Paul J. Weitz, right, with Joseph P. Kerwin, left and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., center. The crew of the first manned Skylab mission is shown in May 1973. AP hide caption

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The Apollo 11 space module floating above the moon. Next-generation space queries may tend toward the political: Do the extraterrestrial beings have political action committees? Are there extraterrestrial lobbyists? Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Close Encounters With Congress?

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David Reitze of the California Institute of Technology and the executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Oct. 16. He talks of one of the most violent events in the cosmos, the collision of neuron stars, that was witnessed completely for the first time in August. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Scott Kelly is seen floating during a spacewalk in 2015. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

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The collision of two neutron stars, seen in an artist's rendering, created both gravitational waves and gamma rays. Researchers used those signals to locate the event with optical telescopes. Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science hide caption

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

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The Voyager Golden Record remained mostly unavailable and unheard, until a Kickstarter campaign finally brought the sounds to human ears. Ozma Records/LADdesign hide caption

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The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

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What Would Aliens Make Of NASA's Voyager?

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An artist's depiction of two black holes colliding. NASA hide caption

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Gravitational Wave Detector In Italy Saw Wave Pass Through Earth In August

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