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A technician examines the mirror on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Scientists at two national laboratories are currently building the components for an enormous digital camera that will capture images from the telescope. Joe McNally/Getty Images hide caption

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The Largest Digital Camera In The World Takes Shape

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The unmanned Antares rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va., on Sunday, carrying with it a Cygnus capsule containing some 7,400 pounds of supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station. Bill Ingalls/NASA/NASA via Getty Images hide caption

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This view of a stellar nursery taken by the Very Large Telescope on May 23, 2013, also shows a group of thick clouds of dust known as the Thackeray globules silhouetted against the pale pink glowing gas of the nebula. ESO hide caption

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iPTF14hls: The Star That Won't Die

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A supermoon appears above Antwerp, Belgium, on Sept. 28, 2015. Andy Weir's second novel takes place on the first human colony on the moon. Virginia Mayo/AP hide caption

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

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Humanity has always wondered what's on the far shore — even if our guesses sometimes miss the mark. Antar Dayal/Getty Images/Illustration Works hide caption

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Astronaut Dick Gordon, a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, attends a 2009 event at Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA/Jim Grossmann hide caption

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NASA Astronaut Dick Gordon Has Died At Age 88

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American science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, photographed during a discussion with SFX Magazine on June 8, 2012. SFX Magazine/Getty Images hide caption

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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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