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Sara Seager: How Close Are We To Finding Life On Another Planet?

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Australian desert telescope views of the sky in radio technicolour. Natasha Hurley Walker hide caption

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Natasha Hurley-Walker: How Do Radio Telescopes Reveal The Universe We Can't See?

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Jedidah Isler: What Role Do Supermassive Black Holes Play In The Cosmos?

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How The Launch Of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Fits Into The Company's Otherworldly Plans

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How To Pack A Space Telescope

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Space Enthusiasts Gather In Florida As Powerful Rocket Is Set To Launch

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The Falcon Heavy is the latest advance from the rocket company SpaceX, and it's a step toward the company's goal of sending people to Mars. SpaceX hide caption

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SpaceX Set To Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

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In one of the most reproduced images of all time, the crew of Apollo 17 captured the perspective of Earth known as "Blue Marble." NASA/Newsmakers/Getty Images hide caption

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The First Men To Have The Whole World In Their Sights

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A "space toilet" on display at Miraikan, The Emerging Museum of Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan in 2008. Chris Jackson/Getty Images hide caption

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Making Space Food With Space Poop

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Countdown Begins As 'Planet Money's' Satellite Gets Placed On Rocket

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After Acquiring A Satellite, 'Planet Money' Had To Find The Fuel To Get It In Space

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What Happened When 'Planet Money' Went On A Mission To Adopt A Spacecraft

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The Orbit Pavilion was created by artists Dan Goods, David Delgado, Jason Klimoski and Shane Myrbeck. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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At One NASA Lab, Art And Science Share The Same Orbit

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Five privately funded groups won't be able to claim the Google Lunar X Prize, organizers say. Here, the site of NASA's Apollo 17 landing on the moon is seen in a 2011 image. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University hide caption

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