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New Probe Lands On Mars For Unprecedented Mission

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NASA's Mars Probe Is To Land Soon Near The Planet's Equator

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NASA engineers on the flight team celebrate the InSight spacecraft's successful landing on Mars at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday. Al Seib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NASA Probe Lands Safely On Martian Surface

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David Baron: Why Should You Experience A Total Solar Eclipse?

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This bright meteor was seen in the sky above Wrightwood, Calif., during the Leonid meteor storm of 1966. Storms are more intense than showers, but every year Leonid meteors streak across the night sky in November. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicates our sky is filled with billions of hidden planets, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel. On Oct. 30, 2018, NASA announced the retirement of the spacecraft. NASA/JPL-CALTECH/T. Pyle/Getty Images hide caption

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After 9 Years In Orbit, Kepler Telescope Leaves A Legacy Of Discovery

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An artist's concept portrays a NASA rover exploring the surface of Mars. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Waiting For Opportunity To Get In Touch

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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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