Four computer generated views of Asteroid Toutatis based on Goldstone radar imagery. Via NASA
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385307 01: The STS-98 crew pause for a photo at Launch Pad 39A February 7, 2001 at Kennedy Space Center one day before launch. Left to right, Pilot Mark Polansky, Commander Ken Cockrell and Mission Specialists Marsha Ivins, Robert Curbeam and Thomas Jones. The mission for Space Shuttle Atlantis marks the seventh shuttle flight to the International Space Station and the first shuttle mission of the year. (Photo Courtesy of NASA/Newsmakers)
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Space shuttle Discovery lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Discovery ended its career as the world's most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece
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Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts-off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Monday Feb. 8, 2010. Endeavour's six member crew will deliver a large room with a cupola to the International Space Station.
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Space shuttle "Atlantis" lifts off on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 14, 2010. Six astronauts are aboard "Atlantis" for a 12-day mission
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Radio antennas are spread out on the terrain as part of one of the worlds largest astronomy projects in the Atacama desert in northern Chile on Sept. 27, 2012.
Meteor with colorful tail
The approaching meteor shown in the Walk Up! Alarm Clock will keep coming closer until you walk several steps to disable it
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A bright meteor of Geminid meteor shower in December streaks the sky near bright star Sirius.
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The distant exoplanet TrES-2b, shown here in an artist's conception, is darker than the blackest coal. This Jupiter-sized world reflects less than one percent of the light that falls on it, making it blacker than any planet or moon in our solar system.
Sure looks like a planet: An artist's rendering of Pluto
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New research shows that the asteroid Ceres vents water vapor, as seen in this artist's impression
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The giant asteroid Vesta is shown here as the smallest body among other similar bodies in the solar system: Mars, Mercury, Earth's moon and the dwarf planet Ceres.
The inner solar system with a visiting comet
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People look at what scientists believe to be a chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor, recovered from Chebarkul Lake near Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, on Oct. 16, 2013.
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The near-Earth asteroid Eros is seen from the NEAR spacecraft at a distance of 127 miles, March 3, 2000.
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Asteroid 2005 YU55 in a radar image generated from data in April 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico
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NASA graphic depicts the Earth flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14.
A conceptual rendering of the 'Firefly' asteroid-mining spacecraft.
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A Hubble Space Telescope photo of Pluto
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Workers repair a power line which was damaged by a shockwave from a meteor in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, on Feb.15, 2013.
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An image of the Pluto system taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 ultraviolet visible instrument with newly discovered fourth moon P4 circled, taken on on July 3, 2011.
Scientists say that asteroid 2007 WD5 has a 1 in 75 chance of striking the planet Mars
An artist's rendering of a fledgling solar system.
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The space shuttle Atlantis lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 21, 2011
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Alexander Babin, rescuer of Chelyabinsk Airlines injured by glass window broken by a shock wave from a meteor explosion rests after getting a medical care in Chelyabinsk, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
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An artist's drawing of an asteroid heading toward Earth
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A screen shot from an animation showing the orbit of 2010 TK7 (green dots), the first known Earth Trojan asteroid, discovered by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of NASA's WISE mission.
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A set of six comet-like tails radiating from a body in the asteroid belt, designated P/2013 P5, are seen in a NASA Hubble Space Telescope set of images, released Nov. 7, 2013.
This artist's rendition illustrates the formation of rocky bodies in the solar system - how they form and differentiate and evolve into terrestrial planets
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8, 2011
Astronomers announced a contest Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 to name the two tiny moons of Pluto discovered over the past two years.
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Space shuttle Discovery prepares to land at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 14, 2008, after completing a 14-day mission to deliver the Japanese Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station.
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta on July 24, 2011
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta.
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Image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows five moons orbiting the distant, icy dwarf planet Pluto.
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The Ares I-X test rocket lifts off at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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An illustration shows the NASA space probe New Horizons flying around Pluto with its moon Charon in the background
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Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory in Chile have discovered a planetary system similar to our solar system with up to seven planets orbiting a sunlike star
Artistic concept of the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator ride at Kennedy Space Center.
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The International Astronomic Union (IAU), vote to demote Pluto at the IAU 26th General Assembly in Prague
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The space shuttle Atlantis is seen on launch pad 39a of the NASA Kennedy Space Center shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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The Ares I-X test rocket lifts off successfully from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Oct. 28, 2009
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Cruise control: Artist's depiction of the craft on its way to the asteroid belt
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An artist's rendering of the latest planet discovered orbiting 55 Cancri, which is part of a solar system similar to Earth's.
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The space shuttle Atlantis lands early on September 21, 2006, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Space shuttle Atlantis sits on Complex 39A as NASA prepares to load the payload into the orbiter at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on June 17, 2011.
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Astronaut Lisa Nowak waves prior to boarding the AstroVan en route to the orbiter at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida in July, 2006.
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Space Shuttle Endeavour astronaut and former teacher Barbara R. Morgan departs the Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center en route to the space shuttle August 8, 2007 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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The 327-foot-tall Ares I-X test rocket moves slowly to launch pad 39B from the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009
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In this image taken from video provided by Tom Hopkins of Hopkins Automotive Group, a bright flash of light, top center, streaks across the early-evening sky in what experts say was almost certainly a meteor coming down on March 22, 2013 in Seaford, Del.
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In this image provided by NASA the Space Shuttle Endeavour is ferried by NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over the Kennedy Space Center in the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2012 as it departs for California.
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 photo, shuttle technician Joe Walsh looks through a hatch of the space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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In this still image made from video provided by NASA, the methane-powered Morpheus lander burns after it crashed in a test flight at Kennedy Space Center in Florida Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
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The space shuttle "Atlantis" lifts off on a mission to NASA's Hubble Telescope from its launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 11