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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a staff member places a cover over a container of soil and rocks from the moon during a handover ceremony for lunar samples collected by China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander at the China National Space Administration in Beijing.

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This undated photo provided by the National Science Foundation in January 2020 shows on of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope's first images of the sun, revealing its turbulent gas surface in what scientists called unprecedented detail. Prof. Jeffrey Kuhn of the University of Hawaii, Manoa says this image is about 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) on a side, and that the "bubbles" on the surface are about the size of Texas.

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This combination of photos made available by NASA shows the spiral galaxy Messier 81 (M81) viewed in two different types of infrared wavelengths showing the the light from the stars in the galaxy, left, and the distribution of dust particles without starlight, captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope. The dust particles are composed of silicates (chemically similar to beach sand), carbonaceous grains and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and trace the gas distribution in the galaxy.

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This composite image made available by NASA shows the cluster NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. Stars are often born in clusters or groups, in giant clouds of gas and dust. Data was collected by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope.

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A lander is lifted during a test of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities at a facility in Huailai in China's Hebei province.

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A lander is lifted during a test of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities at a facility in Huailai in China's Hebei province. China has invited international observers to the test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday's test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth.

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In this photo released by NASA, active regions on the sun combine to look something like a jack-o-lantern's face. The image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, which watches the sun at all times from its orbit in space.

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In this image taken from video provided by NASA, astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, top right, exit the International Space Station. The world’s first female spacewalking team is making history high above Earth. This is the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. Their job is to fix a broken part of the station’s solar power network.

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A team prepare the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover to leave Airbus plant in Stevenage, England. The ExoMars 2020 rover with its six wheels and autonomous navigation system, is part of a joint mission to search for signs of life on Mars, by the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The ExoMars is due to launch next year.

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In this photo taken and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, a Russian Proton-M rocket takes off from the launch pad at Russia's space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered a cutting-edge space telescope into orbit Saturday after days of launch delays, Russia's space agency said.

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This image released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shows the shadow, center above, of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after its successful touchdown on the asteroid Ryugu. Japan's space agency JAXA said Thursday, July 11, 2019 that data transmitted from the Hayabusa2 indicated its second successful touchdown on the distant asteroid to complete a historic mission - to collect underground samples in hopes of finding clues to the origin of the solar system.

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U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, left, Russian cosmonaut –ûleg Kononenko‚Äé, centre, and CSA astronaut David Saint Jacques, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior to the launch of Soyuz MS-11 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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In this photo provided by European Space Agency (ESA), the Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo lifts off from its launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana.

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The Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo lifts off from its launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana. European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

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In this image made from video provided by SpaceX, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an Argentinian satellite blasts off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. The primary purpose of the mission was to place the SAOCOM 1A satellite into orbit, but SpaceX also wanted to expand its recovery of first stages to its launch site at the Air Force base.

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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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ISRO Chairman K Sivan (2nd R), French space agency President Jean-Yves Le Gall (2nd L), former CII chairman K Gopalakrishna (R), Antrix Chairman & MD S Rakesh (L) during the inauguration of the 6th Bengaluru Space Expo 2018, in Bengaluru.

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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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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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The Mobile Service Tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket with the Parker Solar Probe onboard Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Eugene Parker, front right, a pioneer in heliophysics watches the launch of the Delta IV rocket, carrying the Parker Solar Probe, at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. "All I can say is, 'Wow, here we go.' We're in for some learning over the next several years," said Parker, astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.

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Parker Solar Probe on a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force.

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This long exposure photograph provided by NASA, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket as it launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 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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In this picture Mars, left, and the Milky Way are visible in the clear night sky as photographed near Salgotarjan, some 110 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary.

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A tourist visits the Space Museum during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Samara, Russia. The southeastern city of Russia is known for the production of aerospace launch vehicles, satellites and various space services.

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This composite image provided by NASA, derived from data collected by the Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft, shows the central cyclone at the planet's north pole and the eight cyclones that encircle it. Jupiter’s poles are blanketed by geometric clusters of cyclones and its atmosphere is deeper than suspected, scientists reported.

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This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

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In this image made with an 8-minute long exposure the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and lands as seen from from the Ocean Club Marina in Port Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.

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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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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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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-05 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 U.S. astronaut Randy Bresnik, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.

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U.S. astronaut Randy Bresnik, right, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, centre, Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk prior the launch of Soyuz MS-05 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches an aerobatics team performance at the opening ceremony of the MAKS-2017 (the International Aviation and Space Show) in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia.

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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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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-04 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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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will carry supplies to the International Space Station lifts off from complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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An elderly North Korean man is silhouetted against a model of the Unha 3, a space launch vehicle, displayed at the Sci-Tech Complex, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX launched its first recycled rocket, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, congratulates the first woman in space, cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, on her 80th birthday in Moscow, Russia.

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People watch as as a rocket from Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37 from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

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People watch as as a rocket from Space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37 from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

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Russian Space Agency experts help U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson, member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), to stand up after inspecting her space suit prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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An Orthodox priest conducts a blessing service in front of the Soyuz FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The start of the new Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on early Friday, November 18.

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The super moon rises over Russia's Soyuz-FG booster rocket with the Soyuz MS-03 space ship that will carry new crew to the International Space Station (ISS) installed at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Boys play near a sculpture of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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A woman walks with her child past a Soyuz rocket, installed as a monument at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, the world's first and largest operational space launch facility, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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ESA French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, left, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, center, and U.S. astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson pose for a photo before their final preflight practical examination in a mock-up of a Soyuz space craft at Russian Space Training Center in Star City, outside Moscow, Russia. The three are the next crew scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Russian made Soyuz MS-03 space craft.

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The Soyuz rocket booster with Soyuz MS-02 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries US astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko.

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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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In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, the Long March-2F carrier rocket carrying China's Shenzhou 11 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province.

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An aerial view shows the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the remote Pingtang county in southwest China's Guizhou province. China has begun operating the world's largest radio telescope to help search for extraterrestrial life.

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The Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tiangong-2 module blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province. China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed program that intends to send a mission to Mars in the coming years.

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The first images of earth taken by the advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR which was recently launched by GSLV-F05 from Sriharikota as released by Indian Space Research Organisation. The Moon is also seen at the bottom of image.

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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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Super Sonic Combustion RAM Jet or Scramjet, also called Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV), during its test by ISRO from Sriharikota, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, with a Japanese communications satellite.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from Cape Canaveral, as seen from Woodside park in Viera, Florida.

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The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 is headed to the International Space Station with 5,000 pounds of supplies.

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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.

ISRO's PSLV-C34 lifts off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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PSLV C-34 rocket propels into sky after being launched from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on the scheduled time of 9.25 am in Sriharikota. ISRO launched 20 satellites into orbit in one go through its PSLV C-34 rocket.

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Onlookers look at PSLV C-34 rocket disappearing into sky after being launched from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on the scheduled time of 9.25 am in Sriharikota.

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PSLV C-34 rocket disappearing into sky after being launched from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on the scheduled time of 9.25 am in Sriharikota. ISRO launched into orbit 20 satellites in one go through its PSLV C-34 rocket.

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Onlookers look at PSLV C-34 rocket as it propels into sky after being launched from the second pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on the scheduled time of 9.25 am in Sriharikota. ISRO launched 20 satellites into orbit in one go through its PSLV C-34 rocket.

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India successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and then re-enter the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

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An artist’s impression of the India’s Swadeshi Space Shuttle, which is ready to fly. The shuttle is being given finishing touches at Sriharikota.

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The transit of Mercury, a rare celestial phenomenon, as observed from Worli Sea face in Mumbai.

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Boyertown Area High School students wear solar safety glasses and attempt to see the planet Mercury as it transits across the face of the sun, in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

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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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A woman watches through specially secured binoculars as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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People watch through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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People watch through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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A man watches through a specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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A woman watches through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the sun in a rare astronomical occurrence in front of the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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A man watches through specially secured telescope as planet Mercury passes against the Earth and the Sun in a rare astronomical occurrence before the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland.

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The transit of Mercury, left, in front of the Sun is seen from St.Petersburg, Russia.

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The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette, lower left, as it transits across the face of the sun.

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People use telescopes with special filters to watch the planet Mercury as it makes a rare transit across the Sun in Mumbai.

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ISRO launches IRNSS-1G from Sriharikota.

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JA Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites leaves a trail of smoke as it lifts off from the new Vostochny cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kilometers from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region.

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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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The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Europe and Russia launched a joint mission to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.

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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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