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This October 2008 photo shows Mercury during the Messenger spacecraft's second flyby of the planet. The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system. NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington via AP hide caption

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A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Launches For Mission To Mercury

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U.S. And Russian Astronauts Safe Following Rocket Malfunction After Launch

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Booster On Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions, Trip To Space Delayed

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Smoke rises as first-stage boosters separate from a Soyuz rocket with a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. The mission was aborted shortly after launch, and the pair returned to Earth safely in an emergency landing. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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Space Shuttle Missions Remembered During NASA's Anniversary

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For 30 Years, Michigan Man Has Been Using Meteorite As A Doorstop

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(Top row, from left) Titan, Earth's moon, Europa and Enceladus. (Bottom row, from left) Callisto, Charon, Ariel and lo. Courtesty of NASA hide caption

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Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon

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The orbits of the new extreme dwarf planet 2015 TG387 and its fellow inner Oort Cloud objects 2012 VP113 and Sedna as compared with the rest of the Solar System. 2015 TG387 was nicknamed ͞"The Goblin" by its discoverers, as its provisional designation contains TG and the object was first seen near Halloween. Illustration by Roberto Molar Candanosa and Scott Sheppard, courtesy of Carnegie Institution for Science. hide caption

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A Small Planet With Big Implications

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NASA Hosts Conference All About Looking For Signs Of Civilization Beyond Earth

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The Colorado School of Mines has started the world's first Space Resources degree program. Professor Angel Abbud-Madrid conducts an online class from his offices in Golden, Colo. Dan Boyce for NPR hide caption

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Space Mining — Learning How To Fuel An Interplanetary Gas Station

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