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The Voyager Golden Record remained mostly unavailable and unheard, until a Kickstarter campaign finally brought the sounds to human ears. Ozma Records/LADdesign hide caption

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The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

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What Would Aliens Make Of NASA's Voyager?

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An artist's depiction of two black holes colliding. NASA hide caption

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Gravitational Wave Detector In Italy Saw Wave Pass Through Earth In August

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Until it was surpassed recently by a similar instrument in China, the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, completed in 1963, was the world's single largest. Seth Shostak/AP hide caption

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Puerto Rico's Arecibo Radio Telescope Suffers Hurricane Damage

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An artist's depiction of Planet Nine. The object is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) hide caption

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Astronomers Search For Giant Planet On Outer Edges Of Solar System

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An annual space law moot court competition imagines a future legal case set in space, where issues of liability and sovereignty can get extra complicated. Stocktrek Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

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A jet emanating from galaxy M87 can be seen in this July 6, 2000, photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. J.A. Biretta, Hubble Heritage Team/NASA hide caption

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Scientists Work To Grow Food In Space

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Cassini Spacecraft Burns Up Like A Meteor In Dramatic End To Saturn Mission

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Earl Maize (left), Cassini program manager at JPL, and Julie Webster, spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on Friday at precisely 7:55 a.m. ET. NASA/Joel Kowsky/(NASA/Joel Kowsky) hide caption

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Artist's concept of Cassini diving between Saturn and its innermost ring. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Cassini Plunges To Saturn

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Cassini Spacecraft Set To Complete 13-Year Saturn Mission

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An artist's rendering of what a Class V planet might look like under this new planetary classification system. Michael Osadciw/Courtesy of University of Rochester hide caption

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NASA's Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for over a decade. This Friday, scientists will steer it into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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Cassini Spacecraft Prepares For A Fiery Farewell In Saturn's Atmosphere

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Brady Helms, Wayne Kee and John Cosat keep an eye on Hurricane Irma from inside the emergency operations center at the Launch Control Center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Al Feinberg/NASA hide caption

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