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The Dragon crew capsule sits in the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39-A, where the space ship and Falcon 9 booster rocket are being prepared for a January 2019 launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Elon Musk's SpaceX halted Tuesday's launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military, postponing for at least a day the space transportation company's first designated national security mission for the United States.

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An artist rendering of the dwarf planet 2018 VG18, nicknamed "Farout' in an image released by the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018.   Illustration by Roberto Molar Candanosa/Carnegie Institution for Science/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and unusual they chose the nickname "Farout" for the slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet about 120 to 130 times further from the sun than Earth.

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The Tyrannosaurus rex dubbed Sue, the largest and best-preserved example of this well-known meat-eating dinosaur, is pictured in its new exhibition suite at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. in this photo released on December 18, 2018.   Courtesy Martin Baumgaertner/The Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS

Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed, gets to show off its new lair this week at the Field Museum in Chicago.

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A Daohugou pterosaur, with four different feather types over its head, neck, body, and wings, and a generally ginger-brown color, based on Jurassic Period fossils unearthed in China, is seen in this  illustration handout, released from University of Bristol, in Bristol, United Kingdom on December 14, 2018.   Courtesy Yuan Zhang/Handout via REUTERS

A microscopic examination of fossils from China has revealed that the fur-like body covering of pterosaurs, the remarkable flying reptiles that lived alongside dinosaurs, was actually made up of rudimentary feathers.

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A time capsule, intended to travel to the moon with an unmanned spacecraft in early 2019, is seen during a presentation to the media by members of Israeli non-profit group SpaceIL and representatives from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), at the clean room of IAI's space division in Yehud, Israel December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon - a digital time capsule - and said they aimed to land the craft early next year, somewhere between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17.

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A view from the edge of space is seen from Virgin Galactic's manned space tourism rocket plane SpaceShipTwo during a space test flight over Mojave, California, U.S. December 13, 2018. Virgin Galactic/Handout via REUTERS

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth's atmosphere since America's shuttle program ended in 2011.

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Rocket Lab, a rocket propulsion company backed by investors in Silicon Valley, has launched a batch of 13 tiny probes from New Zealand to study space.

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FILE PHOTO: Corn cobs and yellow corn are on display at a market in Mexico City, Mexico May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

The history of corn, one of humankind's indispensable staple crops, is far more complicated that previously known, according to scientists who conducted a comprehensive genetic and archeological analysis of its domestication.

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FILE PHOTO: Dec 5, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks to celebrate with forward Kevin Durant (not pictured) during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked controversy by saying he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon, comments he later called a joke.

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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Space (ISS) in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 11, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

Two Russian cosmonauts have taken samples of their capsule's exterior in the sixth hour of a spacewalk seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the craft docked at the International Space Station, a live broadcast by Russian space agency Roscosmos showed early on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 7 days

December 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon.

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This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu, composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km).  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday.

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The position of NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto, is shown in this NASA/JPL-Caltech illustration obtained from NASA in Washington, DC, U.S., December 10, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles (km) from Earth, scientists said on Monday.

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A Long March-3B rocket carrying Chang'e 4 lunar probe takes off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 8, 2018.  REUTERS/Stringer

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

Science & Spacein 14 days

A gorilla is pictured through protective glass as he looks on in his enclosure, in southern Spain, June 2018.   REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating.

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FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying a Qatari communications satellite, which will provide connectivity to Qatar and neighbouring parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, from historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

(This story corrects to delete incorrect information that rocket carried a University of Illinois satellite)

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FILE PHOTO -  NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is seen on display at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S. August 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Brown

NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. 

Science & Spacein 15 days

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques waves upon uniting with the rest of the crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) after its capsule hatch opened upon docking in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 3, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.

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FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine poses for a photographer after an interview with Reuters at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

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The Dragon crew capsule sits in the SpaceX hangar at Launch Complex 39-A, where the space ship and Falcon 9 booster rocket are being prepared for a January 2019 launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Elon Musk's SpaceX halted Tuesday's launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military, postponing for at least a day the space transportation company's first designated national security mission for the United States.

Science & Spacein 5 hours

An artist rendering of the dwarf planet 2018 VG18, nicknamed "Farout' in an image released by the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2018.   Illustration by Roberto Molar Candanosa/Carnegie Institution for Science/Handout via REUTERS

Scientists have discovered the most distant object known in our solar system, so remote and unusual they chose the nickname "Farout" for the slow-moving, icy, pinkish dwarf planet about 120 to 130 times further from the sun than Earth.

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The Tyrannosaurus rex dubbed Sue, the largest and best-preserved example of this well-known meat-eating dinosaur, is pictured in its new exhibition suite at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. in this photo released on December 18, 2018.   Courtesy Martin Baumgaertner/The Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS

Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed, gets to show off its new lair this week at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Science & Spacein a day

A Daohugou pterosaur, with four different feather types over its head, neck, body, and wings, and a generally ginger-brown color, based on Jurassic Period fossils unearthed in China, is seen in this  illustration handout, released from University of Bristol, in Bristol, United Kingdom on December 14, 2018.   Courtesy Yuan Zhang/Handout via REUTERS

A microscopic examination of fossils from China has revealed that the fur-like body covering of pterosaurs, the remarkable flying reptiles that lived alongside dinosaurs, was actually made up of rudimentary feathers.

Science & Spacein a day

A time capsule, intended to travel to the moon with an unmanned spacecraft in early 2019, is seen during a presentation to the media by members of Israeli non-profit group SpaceIL and representatives from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), at the clean room of IAI's space division in Yehud, Israel December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli engineers on Monday added the final element to a spacecraft destined for the moon - a digital time capsule - and said they aimed to land the craft early next year, somewhere between the landing sites of Apollo 15 and 17.

Science & Spacein 5 days

A view from the edge of space is seen from Virgin Galactic's manned space tourism rocket plane SpaceShipTwo during a space test flight over Mojave, California, U.S. December 13, 2018. Virgin Galactic/Handout via REUTERS

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth's atmosphere since America's shuttle program ended in 2011.

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Rocket Lab, a rocket propulsion company backed by investors in Silicon Valley, has launched a batch of 13 tiny probes from New Zealand to study space.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: Corn cobs and yellow corn are on display at a market in Mexico City, Mexico May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

The history of corn, one of humankind's indispensable staple crops, is far more complicated that previously known, according to scientists who conducted a comprehensive genetic and archeological analysis of its domestication.

Science & Spacein 5 days

FILE PHOTO: Dec 5, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) looks to celebrate with forward Kevin Durant (not pictured) during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked controversy by saying he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon, comments he later called a joke.

Science & Spacein 7 days

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko conducts a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Space (ISS) in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 11, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

Two Russian cosmonauts have taken samples of their capsule's exterior in the sixth hour of a spacewalk seeking to resolve the mystery of a small hole found in the craft docked at the International Space Station, a live broadcast by Russian space agency Roscosmos showed early on Wednesday.

Science & Spacein 7 days

December 10, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry on Tuesday signaled that he is willing to take NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab in Houston after his pronouncement this week that he does not believe humans ever walked on the Moon.

Science & Spacein 8 days

This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu, composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on December 2, 2018 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km).  NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Handout via REUTERS

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday.

Science & Spacein 8 days

The position of NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto, is shown in this NASA/JPL-Caltech illustration obtained from NASA in Washington, DC, U.S., December 10, 2018.   Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles (km) from Earth, scientists said on Monday.

Science & Spacein 11 days

A Long March-3B rocket carrying Chang'e 4 lunar probe takes off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, China December 8, 2018.  REUTERS/Stringer

China on Saturday launched a first probe ever to explore the dark side of the Moon, marking another milestone in its ambitious space program, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Science & Spacein 13 days

Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS

A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported.

Science & Spacein 14 days

A gorilla is pictured through protective glass as he looks on in his enclosure, in southern Spain, June 2018.   REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Gorillas at a zoo in England have demonstrated a distinctly human trait while attempting to solve a new puzzle game - cheating.

Science & Spacein 14 days

FILE PHOTO: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying a Qatari communications satellite, which will provide connectivity to Qatar and neighbouring parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, from historic Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

(This story corrects to delete incorrect information that rocket carried a University of Illinois satellite)

Science & Spacein 15 days

FILE PHOTO -  NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is seen on display at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S. August 20, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Brown

NASA's deep space explorer Osiris-Rex flew on Monday to within a dozen miles of its destination, a skyscraper-sized asteroid believed to hold organic compounds fundamental to life as well as the potential to collide with Earth in about 150 years. 

Science & Spacein 15 days

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques waves upon uniting with the rest of the crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) after its capsule hatch opened upon docking in this still image captured from NASA video in space, December 3, 2018. Courtesy NASA TV/Handout via REUTERS

A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted a three-man crew into orbit on Monday, beginning the first manned voyage to the International Space Station since a mission in October was aborted in midair because of a rocket malfunction.

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FILE PHOTO: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine poses for a photographer after an interview with Reuters at NASA headquarters in Washington, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

NASA on Thursday named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon program, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

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