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This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off of the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa, located 500 million miles from the sun. NASA, ESA, and K. Retherford hide caption

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Icy Moon Of Jupiter Spews Water Plumes Into Space

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The planet, known as Kepler-452b, was believed to be about 60 percent larger than our planet and within the habitable zone of its star. NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle hide caption

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Earth's 'Bigger, Older Cousin' Maybe Doesn't Even Exist

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The Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars InSight lander launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as seen from the San Gabriel Mountains more than 100 miles away, on Saturday morning. The InSight probe is the first NASA lander designed entirely to study the deep interior structure of Mars. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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An artist's rendition of NASA's InSight lander, which is expected to launch on Saturday morning. InSight will monitor the Red Planet's seismic activity and internal temperature. NASA/JPL-CalTech hide caption

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NASA Is Heading Back To Mars To Peer Inside The Red Planet

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Ellen Stofan saw her first rocket launch when she was 4 years old. Now, more than 50 years later, she's director of the National Air and Space Museum — the first woman to hold the position. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery hide caption

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New Director Of Air And Space Museum Is The First Woman To Hold The Job

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The European spacecraft known as Gaia has unveiled this new view of the Milky Way. ESA/Gaia/DPAC hide caption

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You Are Here: Scientists Unveil Precise Map Of More Than A Billion Stars

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A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Lagoon Nebula, which is about 4,000 light-years away. It was taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 in February. The image was released to celebrate the 28th anniversary of Hubble. NASA, ESA, STScI hide caption

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An artist's representation of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, observing an M dwarf star with orbiting planets. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center hide caption

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Get Ready For the Next Big Thing In NASA's Search For Earth's Twin

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A new satellite, called MethaneSAT,will track methane emissions from oil and gas fields, as well as agriculture and natural sources. It's due for launch in three years. Environmental Defense Fund hide caption

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Lockheed Martin's Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) concept's unique design would allow it to separate the shocks and expansions associated with supersonic flight, resulting in a soft thump rather than a disruptive bang. Courtesy Lockheed Martin hide caption

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NASA Hopes Supersonic X Plane Will Deliver Less Bang For The Buck

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An artist's rendering shows the Milky Way where a supermassive black hole lies at the center. A dozen smaller black holes have now been detected, and a new study suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000. Spitzer Space Telescope/NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech) hide caption

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Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

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Visitors sit beside a model of China's Tiangong-1 space station in 2010, at the 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong Province. As forecast, China's defunct Tiangong 1 space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere Sunday. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Scientists look at the screen showing the Shenzhou X manned spacecraft docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center on June 13, 2013, in Beijing. VCG/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Scientists Aren't Fans Of Creating On-Demand Meteor Showers

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Homemade Rocket Fails To Make It Into Space

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