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NASA Project In Hawaii Simulates 1-Year Mars Mission

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A camera in the gondola of his balloon photographs Air Force Captain Joseph M. Kittinger Jr., as he starts the jump that set his record-breaking parachute jump over southern New Mexico on Aug. 8, 1960. Bettman/Corbis hide caption

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What It's Like To Freefall From 20 Miles Above The Earth

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CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array at the Paul Wild Observatory. Alex Cherney hide caption

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In A Far-Off Galaxy, A Clue To What's Causing Strange Bursts Of Radio Waves

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An artist's rendering shows gas falling into a supermassive black hole, creating a quasar. Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital; SDSS collaboration hide caption

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Solving The Mystery Of The Disappearing Quasar

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NASA Receives Record Number Of Astronaut Applicants

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Albert Einstein once wrote that he was indebted to a favorite uncle for giving him a toy steam engine when he was a boy, launching a lifelong interest in science. AP hide caption

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Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

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An image from a simulation of two black holes merging. Courtesy of SXS Collaboration hide caption

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Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

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The Philae lander, seen here heading to a comet's surface after leaving the Rosetta spacecraft in 2014, isn't expected to send any more signals, the European Space Agency says. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team hide caption

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The Smithsonian is sharing images of astronaut graffiti aboard the Apollo 11 command module, including this tribute to the spacecraft. Smithsonian Air and Space Museum hide caption

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As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

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"We are very different from all previous species, and we have the power to endure. We also have the power to destroy ourselves." — Lord Martin Rees Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?

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A simulation shows gravitational waves coming from two black holes as they spiral in together. S. Ossokine , A. Buonanno (MPI for Gravitational Physics)/W. Benger (Airborne Hydro Mapping GmbH) hide caption

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In Milestone, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves As Black Holes Collide

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks at a panel discussion on the search for life beyond Earth at NASA headquarters in 2014. Joel Kowsky/NASA hide caption

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First Black NASA Administrator Charles Bolden 'Pleaded' To Get Into Naval Academy

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