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The satellite arrives as a box of little pieces you can configure any way you wish. Alex Antunes hide caption

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DIY Satellites Let You Find Your Own Space

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One More Ride On The Space Shuttle (Simulator)

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The white circle marks the location where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20. The dark black swirls in the center of the image are oil. NASA hide caption

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Sound Asleep: NASA's Mars rover Spirit, seen here in an artist's rendering, has been hibernating through the the cold and dark Martian winter, and mission scientists aren't sure when its solar panels will have charged the batteries enough for it to wake up. NASA hide caption

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Ring It In: A trip toward Saturn is just one of many space missions scientists might choose to pursue in the coming years. Some researchers want to send a nuclear-powered boat to the methane lakes on one of Saturn's moons, Titan. Cassini Imaging Team/JPL/NASA hide caption

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SOFIA made its first in-flight observations in May. Take a look at the pictures here. Courtesy of NASA hide caption

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