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A Record-Breaking Astronaut

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An artist's conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature hide caption

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The moon is high as twilight descends on the hills and woods on the outskirts of the small Idaho mountain town of Stanley. On a clear night, the galactic dust of the Milky Way is visible overhead. Matt Guilhem/Boise State Public Radio hide caption

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Idaho Dims The Lights For One Of The Best Night Skies Anywhere

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A virtual reality program developed by NASA could help scientists visualize the magnetic fields around the earth. NASA hide caption

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NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

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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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