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NASA researchers work inside the Boeing 747SP air carft 'SOFIA' (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at Stuttgart Airport. Sofia aircraft, which is a joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is the largest flying observatory in the world designed to observe the infrared universe and to provide data that can't be picked up by any other telescope on ground or in space.

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A NASA Orion spacecraft lifts off from pad 46 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This launch is for a test of the capsule's launch abort system (LAS), which is a rocket-powered tower on top of the crew module built to very quickly get astronauts safely away from their launch vehicle if there is a problem during ascent.

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The Orion test capsule, bottom left, and a Minotaur 4 booster rocket, center, fall to the Earth as NASA conducted a full-stress launch abort test in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the capsule designed to carry astronauts to the moon The capsule was empty for the morning demo, which officials said appeared to be successful.

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In this photo made available by NASA, Flight Engineer Anne McClain looks at a laptop computer screen inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module of the International Space Station. McClain was supposed to participate in a spacewalk Friday, March 29, 2019 with newly arrived Christina Koch. But McClain pulled herself from the lineup because there's not enough time to get two mediums suits ready. Koch will go out with a male crewmate.

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In this photo provided by NASA, the Soyuz rocket is raised into vertical position on the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 59 crew members Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA, along with Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos, will launch March 14 on the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a six and a half month mission on the International Space Station.

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NASA staffers move a model of the planned SLS moon rocket after NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine delivered remarks during a presentation on plans for the moon and Mars missions, during a news conference at Kennedy Space Center. In the background, the Orion EM2, NASA's astronaut capsule for deep space missions.

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This image provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon capsule carrying a test dummy splashed down into the Atlantic ocean off the Florida coast. It marks the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by plopping into the Atlantic.

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This undated photo provided by NASA shows SOFIA over the snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountains with its telescope door open during a test flight. The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747, like this one shown, for example, outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe.

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In this image from video made available by NASA, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko performs a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev are inspecting a section where a mysterious leak appeared on Aug. 30.

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This mosaic image composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2, 2018, and provided by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu. NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought. Scientists on Monday, Dec. 10, released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft Osiris-Rex hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which is only about three blocks wide and weighs about 80 million tons (73 million metric tons). Bennu regularly crosses Earth's orbit and will come perilously close to Earth in about 150 years.

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This photo provided by NASA shows an image on Mars that its spacecraft called InSight acquired using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) after it landed on the planet. The NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars' interior landed on the planet after a perilous, supersonic plunge through its red skies, setting off jubilation among scientists who had waited in white-knuckle suspense for confirmation to arrive across 100 million miles of space.

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This composite image made from a series of June 15, 2018 photos shows a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in the Gale Crater. The rover's arm which held the camera was positioned out of each of the dozens of shots which make up the mosaic. A dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover's location.

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This illustration from NASA shows the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Launched in August 2018, the spacecraft will get a gravity assist as it passes within 1,500 miles of Venus. The flyby is the first of seven that will draw Parker ever closer to the sun.

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In this NASA satellite image, Super Typhoon Mangkhut churns west towards the Philippines. Philippine officials have begun evacuating thousands of people in the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools and readying bulldozers for landslides.

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This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again.

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This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.

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In this photo released by NASA, the Russian Soyuz MS-09 crew craft, left, and the Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) Cygnus space freighter are attached to the International Space Station. NASA and Russian space officials stressed that the six astronauts are in no danger after a small air leak developed in one, at left, of the two Soyuz capsules docked at the space station. Russian officials say the leak was detected Wednesday night and may be the result of a micrometeorite impact. Both the crew and ground controllers are working hard to isolate the leak.

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Kerala Floods: Before And After Images By NASA

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This NASA satellite natural-color image made shows Hurricane Lane as a powerful category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour. The Big Island of Hawaii is at upper left. Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said as people hurried to buy water and other supplies and the Navy moved its ships to safety.

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In this image made from video provided by NASA, cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev flings a Sirius nano-satellite into orbit from the International Space Station.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 as seen during a time exposure at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida..

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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A Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, lifts off from launch complex 37 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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This image made available by NASA shows an artist's rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. It's designed to take solar punishment like never before, thanks to its revolutionary heat shield that's capable of withstanding 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 degrees Celsius).

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This undated photo made available by NASA shows, from left, Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover standing in front of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsules at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The space agency announced the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring human launches back to the U.S.

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This photo released by NASA, shows the Soyuz rocket on the launch pad shortly after being rolled out by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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In this photo provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a pair of U.S.-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites takes off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The science payload from NASA and the German Centre for Geosciences included two identical satellites for the agencies' Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment-Follow On mission, continuing the work of two predecessor spacecraft that spanned 15 years ending last October.

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In this photo provided by NASA, the Soyuz rocket is seen after being raised into a vertical position Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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This photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft launches from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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This image provided by NASA shows the inner slope of a Martian crater which has several of the seasonal dark streaks called "recurrent slope lineae," or RSL, that a November 2017 report interprets as granular flows, rather than darkening due to flowing water. Arizona scientists said that these lines appear more like dry, steep flows of sand, rather than water trickling downhill, at or near the surface.

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A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket lifts off carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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In this photo from NASA TV, a new type of U.S. weather satellite, intended to improve the accuracy of extended forecasts, sits on a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A press release from the base said the planned launch was scrubbed because of an unspecified issue and managers didn't have enough time to resolve it.

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In this photo provided by NASA, the Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, is seen on launch Pad-0A, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. Orbital ATK's eighth contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA to the International Space Station will deliver approximately 7,400 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle hardware to the orbital laboratory and its crew.

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Journalist takes photos of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-06 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasting off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule with two Americans and a Russian aboard has blasted off for the International Space Station from Russia's manned launch facility in Kazakhstan.

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Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, center, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba, left, and Mark Vande Hei, members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), pose during a news conference in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, local time.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) being raised at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-06 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) is transported from its hangar to the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13, local time, carrying Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, U.S. astronauts Joseph Acaba and Mark Vande Hei.

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The gantry arms of the Soyuz rocket are seen closing in this long exposure photograph at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Expedition 53 flight engineer Mark Vande Hei of NASA, Soyuz Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos, and flight engineer Joe Acaba of NASA will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of September 13 (Kazakh time.) All three will spend approximately five and a half months onboard the International Space Station.

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U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson smiles after landing in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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Search and rescue team works on the site of landing of Russian Soyuz MS-04 space capsule in a remote area outside the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule carrying Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos safely returned to Earth in the Kazakh steppe.

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A NASA astronaut leaps from the side of a full scale mock-up of the Orion capsule while performing a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston, Texas.

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Deputy Director Larry James interacting with students at Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Center, Birla Planetarium, in Chennai.

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Twelve new astronaut candidates are introduced at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA chose 12 new astronauts from its biggest pool of applicants ever, selecting seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft.

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In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer works to install antennas at the International Space Station while astronaut Peggy Whitson, not pictured, works on repairs.

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Panoramic view of interior of NASA barge Pegasus at Redstone Arsenal dock in Huntsville, Alabama.

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In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronaut Jack Fischer works outside the International Space Station. Fischer and Peggy Whitson, not pictured, performed the station's 200th spacewalk.

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U.S. NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, left, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhykov, center, and Andrei Borisenko attend a news conference at the airport in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. The Russian-US crew touched down safely in central Kazakhstan following a 173-days mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Russia's Soyuz MS-02 space capsule carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Andrei Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhykov of Russia and NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough lands in a remote area in Kazakhstan. The landing took place near Dzhezkazgan on the treeless Central Asian steppes.

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after signing a bill to increase NASA's budget to $19.5 billion and directs the agency to focus human exploration of deep space and Mars.

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NASA successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of highly advanced geostationary weather satellites Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-03 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough, front left, and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, front right, members of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), attend space suits test prior to the start of the Soyuz MS-02 space ship, in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Orbital ATK Antares rocket lifts off from the the NASA Wallops Island flight facility in Wallops Island, Island in Virginia. The rocket is carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

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The gantry arms are raised around the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft after it was raised into a vertical position on the launch pad, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Expedition 49 flight engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA, Soyuz commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, and flight engineer Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 19.

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The Soyuz TMA-20M capsule carrying NASA's Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka descends beneath a parachute near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz TMA-20M capsule carrying NASA's Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka touches down with its parachute near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz TMA-20M capsule carrying NASA's Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka descends beneath a parachute near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The record-setting American and two Russians landed safely back on Earth after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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This file image released by NASA was taken by the Juno spacecraft, five days after it arrived at Jupiter. The image shows Jupiter's Great Red Spot and three of its four largest moons. Juno is on a 20-month mission to study Jupiter's poles, atmosphere and interior.

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NASA celebrated a key triumph on Tuesday as its $1.1 billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

This composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the solar system's smallest, innermost planet will resemble a black dot as it passes in front of the Sun. NASA says the event occurs only about 13 times a century.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-20M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-20M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts, Oleg Skripochka and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos.

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In this Wednesday, March 2, 2016 photo provided by NASA, International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. reacts after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. NASA announced Kelly's retirement, which begins April 1. The 52-year-old Kelly holds the American record for most time in space: 520 days.

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In this file photo, former astronaut Edgar Mitchell arrives for the premiere of the "In the Shadow of the Moon," at the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History in New York. Apollo 14 astronaut Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, died at a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospice after a short illness. He was 85.

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These false-color images provided by NASA satellites compare warm Pacific Ocean water temperatures from the strong El Nino that brought North America large amounts of rainfall in 1997, right, and the current El Nino as of Dec. 27, 2015, left. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean shows no sign of weakening. The Pasadena lab said Tuesday that the Dec. 27 image of ocean warming produced by data from its Jason-2 satellite is strikingly similar to one from December 1997 during a previous large El Nino event.

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This Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows the Orbital Antares rocket, after it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

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NGC 3982 is located about 68 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, one-third of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. Scientists used multiple exposures from the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) to create the color photo. The observations were taken between March 2000 and August 2009.

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Hubble Looks at Stunning Spiral
This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy.

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Named after the American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, Hubble's variable nebula is a fan-shaped cloud of gas and dust illuminated by a nearby star.

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Star birth in M83, the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. Nicknamed the Southern Pinwheel, M83 is undergoing more rapid star formation than our own Milky Way galaxy, especially in its nucleus.

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Glowing Jewel
Glowing like a multi-faceted jewel, the planetary nebula IC 418 lies about 2,000 light-years from Earth. A planetary nebula represents the final stage in the evolution of a star similar to our Sun.

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A Hubble Cosmic Couple
Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it.

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Hubble Sees a Youthful Cluster
Shown here in a new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is the globular cluster NGC 1783. This is one of the biggest globular clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, in the southern hemisphere constellation of Dorado.

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Stephan's Quintet
This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a group of five galaxies known as Stephan's Quintet. Three of the galaxies have distorted shapes, elongated spiral arms, and long, gaseous tidal tails containing myriad star clusters, proof of their close encounters. But studies have shown that group member NGC 7320, at upper left, is actually a foreground galaxy that is about seven times closer to Earth than the rest of the

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The Monkey Head Nebula
This infrared image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of NGC 2174, the Monkey Head Nebula. The structure lies about 6400 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter).

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The Butterfly Nebula
The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot.

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The Hubble Space Telescope drifts away from NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1993 after its optics, gyros and solar panels were repaired.

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The 'Pillars of Creation'
These collections of gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula are about 7000 light years away.

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An astronaut, barely visible in the dark shadow, is anchored to a foot restraint on the Remote Manipulator System arm of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. He is aiding the deployment of one of the solar array panels on the Hubble Space Telescope on 9 December, 1993. Earth looms behind him.

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The Cat's Eye Nebula
This image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 6543, the Cat's Eye Nebula. A planetary nebula forms when Sun-like stars gently eject their outer gaseous layers that form bright nebulae. In 1994, Hubble first revealed the nebula's surprisingly intricate structures, including concentric gas shells, jets of high-speed gas, and unusual shock-induced knots of gas.

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Celestial Fireworks
The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.

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Star Birth
Star birth in the Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is a star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way that is 7,500 light years from Earth and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has detected more than 14,000 stars in the region.

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The Hubble Space Telescope recently caught this amazing image of nebula PN M2-9, better known as the Twin Jet Nebula.

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New Horizons discovers flowing ices in Pluto’s heart-shaped feature. In the northern region of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain), swirl-shaped patterns of light and dark suggest that a surface layer of exotic ices has flowed around obstacles and into depressions, much like glaciers on Earth.

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Pluto and Charon are shown in a composite of natural-color images from New Horizons. Images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to produce these views.

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A new close-up image from the heart-shaped feature on the surface of Pluto that reveals a vast, craterless plain.

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Pluto's largest moon, Charon, made by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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A region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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The atmosphere of Pluto backlit by the sun when the New Horizons spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles away. The image, delivered to Earth on July 23, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.

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A combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface. The images were taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles away.

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This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface. The images were taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles away.

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A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away.

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This Tuesday, July 14, 2015 image provided by NASA shows a region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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In this photo provided by NASA, New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colo., left, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Director Ralph Semmel, center, and New Horizons Co-Investigator Will Grundy of the Lowell Observatory hold a print of a U.S. stamp with their suggested update since the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland.

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This July 11, 2015, image provided by NASA shows Pluto from the New Horizons spacecraft. On Tuesday, July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will come closest to Pluto. New Horizons has traveled 3 billion miles over 9½ years to get to the historic point.

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NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has crashed into the surface of Mercury, ending its historic 11-year mission that provided valuable data and thousands of images of the planet.

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This undated photo provided by NASA shows an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing a breeding ground for stars in the Constellation Carina, about 20,000 light years from Earth, marks the 25th anniversary of Hubble's launch.

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