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NASA astronaut Anne McClain, attends her final exam at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre outside Moscow on Nov. 14, 2018. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space

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The Chinese lunar lander Chang'e 4 is headed to Aitken Basin, a large impact crater near the moon's south pole, pictured here in blue. The distance from the depths of Aitken Basin to the tops of the highest surrounding peaks is nearly twice the height of Mount Everest, according to NASA. NASA/Goddard hide caption

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China's Lunar Lander To Explore Moon's Far Side

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NASA astronaut Anne McClain (from left), Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency successfully blasted into space on Monday morning. It is the first mission since an aborted launch in October. Kirill Kudryavtsev /AFP/Getty Images 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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"It's not just about making one German astronaut happy with fresh bread," Marcu explains. "There's really a deeper meaning to bread in space." Above, a photo illustration of bread in space. NASA/ Bake in Space GmbH hide caption

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins floats in the International Space Station in September 2016, wearing a spacesuit decorated by patients recovering at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. NASA Johnson/Flickr hide caption

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A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

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Mae Jemison addresses congressional representatives and distinguished guests at Bayer's Making Science Make Sense 20th anniversary celebration in 2015. Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Bayer Making Science Make Sense hide caption

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

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Apollo 1 astronauts Ed White (from left), Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, 1967. The astronauts died as a result of a fire in the cockpit during a training session on Jan. 27, 1967. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Later, NASA Creates Tribute To 3 Astronauts Who Died In Space Race

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Under NASA's plan, a spacecraft would get to the asteroid in the early 2020s — then pluck a car-sized boulder from the surface and head back toward Earth, to put the boulder in orbit around the moon. NASA hide caption

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NASA's Other Asteroid Mission: Grab A Chunk And Put It In Orbit Around The Moon

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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly takes a selfie inside the cupola, a special module that provides a 360-degree view of Earth. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have spent nearly a year aboard the International Space Station. NASA hide caption

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It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori's Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe. via Kickstarter hide caption

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via Kickstarter