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A composite image of five separate photographs taken with a single fixed camera shows a sunspot and the International Space Station in silhouette as it passes across the Sun, seen from near Tbilisi, Georgia, June 19, 2021.           REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

A composite image of five separate photographs taken with a single fixed camera shows a sunspot and the International Space Station in silhouette as it passes across the Sun, seen from near Tbilisi, Georgia, June 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Irakli...more

A composite image of five separate photographs taken with a single fixed camera shows a sunspot and the International Space Station in silhouette as it passes across the Sun, seen from near Tbilisi, Georgia, June 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze
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The first high-resolution color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is seen after its landing on Mars, February 18, 2021.    NASA/JPL-Caltech

The first high-resolution color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is seen after its landing on Mars, February 18, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech

The first high-resolution color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is seen after its landing on Mars, February 18, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, September 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, September 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Gene...more

Firefly Aerospace's first Alpha rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly during its first launch leading to the loss of the vehicle 2 minutes, 30 seconds after liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, September 2, 2021.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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Crew 2 member JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan is embraced by his compatriot Crew 1 member JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France are welcomed as they arrive aboard the International Space Station, after docking SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule orbiting the Earth, April 24, 2021.   NASA TV via REUTERS

Crew 2 member JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan is embraced by his compatriot Crew 1 member JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France are welcomed as they arrive aboard the International Space Station, after...more

Crew 2 member JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan is embraced by his compatriot Crew 1 member JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi as he and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France are welcomed as they arrive aboard the International Space Station, after docking SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule orbiting the Earth, April 24, 2021.   NASA TV via REUTERS
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A long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, as it is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur

A long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, as it is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida,...more

A long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, as it is launched carrying three NASA and one ESA astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Thom Baur
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Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave in front of their return capsule after their return to earth following the Shenzhou-12 mission to assemble China's space station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, September 17, 2021.    China Daily via REUTERS

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave in front of their return capsule after their return to earth following the Shenzhou-12 mission to assemble China's space station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China,...more

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng (C), Liu Boming (R) and Tang Hongbo wave in front of their return capsule after their return to earth following the Shenzhou-12 mission to assemble China's space station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, September 17, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS
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The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera, February 22, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech

The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera, February 22, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech

The surface of Mars directly below NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is seen using the Rover Down-Look Camera, February 22, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, February 2, 2021.    REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, February 2, 2021.   REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The SpaceX Starship SN9 explodes into a fireball after its high altitude test flight from test facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, February 2, 2021.   REUTERS/Gene Blevins
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International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild gestures in a bus as she departs for boarding the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, October 5, 2021.  Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/Roscosmos

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild gestures in a bus as she departs for boarding the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, October 5, 2021.  Andrey...more

International Space Station (ISS) crew member Russian actor Yulia Peresild gestures in a bus as she departs for boarding the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, October 5, 2021.  Andrey Shelepin/GCTC/Roscosmos
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Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on billionaire Jeff Bezos's company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021.   REUTERS/Mike Blake

Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on billionaire Jeff Bezos's company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mike...more

Blue Origin's rocket New Shepard blasts off carrying Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, on billionaire Jeff Bezos's company's second suborbital tourism flight as part of a four-person crew near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into space at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021.   REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into space at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn,...more

Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart which he carried into space at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin's inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the nearby town of Van Horn, Texas, July 20, 2021.   REUTERS/Joe Skipper
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The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, April 27, 2021.  
 REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The full moon, known as the "Super Pink Moon" rises behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says goodbye to his wife Monica and daughters as the Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to be sent into orbit, gather before dawning space suits to head to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, September 15, 2021.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says goodbye to his wife Monica and daughters as the Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to be sent into orbit, gather before dawning space suits to head to the...more

Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and flight commander, says goodbye to his wife Monica and daughters as the Inspiration 4 crew, the first all-civilian crew to be sent into orbit, gather before dawning space suits to head to the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, September 15, 2021.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper
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SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk and NASA acting administrator Steve Jurczyk visit with Crew-2, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan inside the crew suit-up room, before the boarding of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 23, 2021.    NASA/Kim Shiflett

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk and NASA acting administrator Steve Jurczyk visit with Crew-2, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan inside...more

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk and NASA acting administrator Steve Jurczyk visit with Crew-2, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of Japan inside the crew suit-up room, before the boarding of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, April 23, 2021.  NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Perseverance's first cored-rock sample of Mars rock is seen inside its titanium container tube in this image taken by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam), September 8, 2021.   



NASA/JPL-Caltech

Perseverance's first cored-rock sample of Mars rock is seen inside its titanium container tube in this image taken by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam), September 8, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech

Perseverance's first cored-rock sample of Mars rock is seen inside its titanium container tube in this image taken by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera (known as CacheCam), September 8, 2021.   NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, February 15, 2021.  
   Russian space agency Roscosmos

Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, February 15, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos

Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, February 15, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos
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The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, as seen from near Vero Beach, Florida, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe

The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, as seen from near Vero Beach, Florida, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe

The Inspiration 4 civilian crew aboard a Crew Dragon capsule and SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, as seen from near Vero Beach, Florida, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sam Wolfe
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Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars, as NASA's Mars rover Perseverance drives on Martian surface for the first time, March 4, 2021.     NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars, as NASA's Mars rover Perseverance drives on Martian surface for the first time, March 4, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Wheel tread marks are left in the soil of Jezero Crater on Mars, as NASA's Mars rover Perseverance drives on Martian surface for the first time, March 4, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech
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A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage and 38 satellites from 18 countries blasts off from a launchpad during rainfall at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, March 22, 2021.   Russian space agency Roscosmos

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage and 38 satellites from 18 countries blasts off from a launchpad during rainfall at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, March 22, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage and 38 satellites from 18 countries blasts off from a launchpad during rainfall at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, March 22, 2021. Russian space agency Roscosmos
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Star Trek actor William Shatner poses with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations and a former NASA flight controller and engineer; Chris Boshuizen, the co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs and a former space mission architect for NASA; and Glen de Vries, the co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a life science company during the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18 suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021.   Blue Origin/via REUTERS

Star Trek actor William Shatner poses with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations and a former NASA flight controller and engineer; Chris Boshuizen, the co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs and a former...more

Star Trek actor William Shatner poses with Audrey Powers, Blue Origin's vice president of mission and flight operations and a former NASA flight controller and engineer; Chris Boshuizen, the co-founder of satellite company Planet Labs and a former space mission architect for NASA; and Glen de Vries, the co-founder of Medidata Solutions, a life science company during the Blue Origin New Shepard mission NS-18 suborbital flight near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021. Blue Origin/via REUTERS
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A solar eclipse is seen from 'Glaciar Union' scientific polar station in Antarctica, on Chilean territory, December 4, 2021.   Felipe Trueba/Imagen Chile

A solar eclipse is seen from 'Glaciar Union' scientific polar station in Antarctica, on Chilean territory, December 4, 2021. Felipe Trueba/Imagen Chile

A solar eclipse is seen from 'Glaciar Union' scientific polar station in Antarctica, on Chilean territory, December 4, 2021. Felipe Trueba/Imagen Chile
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