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An unmanned spacecraft is launched atop an advanced Long March 3C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China launched an experimental spacecraft Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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China launches a spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest province Sichuan. The experimental spacecraft will fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

This photo taken on October 8, 2014 show...This photo taken on October 8, 2014 shows a blood moon during a total lunar eclipse in Hefei, east China's Anhui province. The total lunar eclipse is the second of two in 2014 and the second in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series). CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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A total lunar eclipse resulted in a blood moon in Hefei, Anhui province, east China. The eclipse was the second of two in 2014 and the second in a tetrad (four total lunar eclipses in series). 

Supermoon Appears Big And Bright In Night Sky...LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 09:  The supermoon rises east of the South Point Hotel & Casino on September 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee, which is its closest approach to the Earth.  To have three in such close proximity is very rare and it is not expected that this will happen again until 2034. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The supermoon rises east of the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with its perigee, its closest approach to the Earth. Last night’s was the third of 2014, a frequency unlikely to happen again until 2034 

An airplane passes a nearly full moon as it makes its approach to Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia. Monday night's full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final "supermoon" of 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

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An airplane passes a full moon as it makes its approach to Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia. Monday night’s full moon, also known as a Harvest Moon, will be the third and final “supermoon” of 2014

A total lunar eclipse takes place in the...A total lunar eclipse takes place in the sky over the Mexican city of Guadalajara early on April 15, 2014. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to US space agency NASA.     AFP PHOTO / Hector GuerreroHECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

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A total lunar eclipse takes place in the sky over the Mexican city of Guadalajara early on Tuesday. The event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were not as lucky, according to US space agency Nasa. 

Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

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A radio-controlled Superman plane, flown by designer Otto Dieffenbach, passes the moon during a test flight in San Diego. 

An airplane flies past the supermoon near Madrid, Spain early on Monday. The 'supermoon' filled the sky on 23rd June and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.

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An aeroplane flies past the moon near Madrid, Spain, early on Monday. The ‘supermoon’ filled the sky on June 23 and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth.