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NASA successfully deploys two combined satellites from Texas universities...epa05140040 A handout image dated 29 January 2016 and made available by ESA/NASA on 02 February 2016, showing an image made by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA aboard the International Space Station, as the robotic arm in Japan's Kibo laboratory successfully deployed two combined satellites from Texas universities. The pair of satellites -- AggieSat4 built by Texas A&M University students, and BEVO-2 built by University of Texas students -- together form the Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) investigation.  EPA/TIM PEAKE / ESA / NASA /

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Japan’s Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm successfully deploys two combined satellites built built by Texas A&M University students. Photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA aboard the International Space Station 

London seen from space

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Astronaut Tim Peake’s photo of London viewed from the space station

Expedition 46 On International Space Station...IN SPACE - JANUARY 20: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (NO SALES) In this handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), A photo of an aurora taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station, January 20, 2016. Expedition 46-47 crewmembers ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut commander Yuri Malenchenko were welcomed aboard the International Space Station by Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Korniyenko and Oleg Kononenko, and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly for a six-month mission, as part of Expedition 46. (Photo by Tim Peake / ESA via Getty Images)

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An aurora photographed by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station

 This handout picture released by the the European Southern Observatory on January 14, 2016 shows an artist impression of W2246-0526, a single galaxy glowing in infrared light as intensely as 350 trillion suns.  It is so violently turbulent that it may eventually jettison its entire supply of star-forming gas, according to new observations with ALMA.

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An artist impression of W2246-0526, a single galaxy glowing in infrared light as intensely as 350 trillion suns. It is so violently turbulent that it may eventually jettison its entire supply of star-forming gas, according to new observations with ALMA.

A long exposure photograph shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off (L) from its launch pad and then returning to a landing zone (R) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on the launcher's first mission since a June failure, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015. The rocket carried a payload of eleven satellites owned by Orbcomm, a New Jersey-based communications company. This long exposure photograph was made by covering the lens in between liftoff and landing. REUTERS/Mike Brown   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A long exposure photograph shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off (L) from its launch pad and then returning to a landing zone (R) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the launcher’s first mission since a June failure, in Cape Canaveral, Florida today.

The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. The Russian rocket carries British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-19M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket carries British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra 

British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his children from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan...British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his children from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Dmitry Lovetsky/PoolDmitry Lovetsky/Reuters

British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), waves to his children from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A view of Earth seen from the International Space Station (ISS) taken by current ISS crew member, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko

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A view of Earth seen from the International Space Station (ISS) taken by current ISS crew member, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko

A lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called "supermoon" in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year

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A lunar eclipse coincides with a so-called “supermoon” in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. Sky-watchers around the world are in for a treat Sunday night and Monday when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year

Startling images of Pluto from New Horizons...SOL SYSTEM Pluto -- 11 Sep 2015 -- This synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASAís New Horizons spacecraft, shows what you would see if you were approximately 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) above Plutoís equatorial area, looking northeast over the dark, cratered, informally named Cthulhu Regio toward the bright, smooth, expanse of icy plains informally called Sputnik Planum. The entire expanse of terrain seen in this image is 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) across. The images were taken as New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015, from a distance of 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) -- Picture by Atlas Photo Archive/JHUAPL/SwRI/NASA

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This synthetic perspective view of Pluto, based on the latest high-resolution images to be downlinked from NASA‘s New Horizons spacecraft.

Russia's Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan's cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on September 2, 2015.

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Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn Aimbetov, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark’s astronaut Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency blasts off from the launch pad at Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on Wednesday

A Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer performs on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 21, 2015. The MAKS-2015 will be held in Zhukovsky from August 25 to 30.

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A Russian Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer performs on rehearsal day for the MAKS-2015, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Friday

Hurricane Danny, the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, is seen in this picture by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly taken from the International Space Station August 20, 2015.

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Hurricane Danny, the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, is seen in this picture by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly taken from the International Space Station on Thursday

The glowing band of the so-called 'Milky Way' seen in the summer night sky over the vicinity of Salgotarjan, 109 kilometers northeast of Budapest, Hungary

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The glowing band of the so-called ‘Milky Way’ seen in the summer night sky over the vicinity of Salgotarjan, 109km northeast of Budapest, Hungary

Milky Way seen in Poland...epa04849997 A picture made available on 17 July 2015 shows the bright line of the Milky Way above the old oaks at the Rogalin landscape Park in Rogalin village, near Poznan, on the night of 16 July 2015.  EPA/LUKASZ OGRODOWCZYK POLAND OUT

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The bright line of the Milky Way is seen above the old oaks at the Rogalin landscape Park in Rogalin village, near Poznan, Poland on Thursday night 

This undated photo provided by NASA shows an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing a giant star cluster in the Constellation Carina, about 20,000 light years from Earth. Friday, April 24, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of Hubble's launch

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NASA shows an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing a giant star cluster in the Constellation Carina, about 20,000 light years from Earth. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch

A meteorite burns up in the atmosphere, seen near Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary

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A meteorite burns up in the atmosphere, seen near Salgotarjan, 109km northeast of Budapest, Hungary

This image taken Tuesday March 31, 2015 shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station. The Pacific Daily News newspaper in Guam reports the storm was upgraded Tuesday to a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Officials say super Typhoon Maysak is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines around Sunday. (AP Photo/NASA, Samantha Cristoforetti) .

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This image taken on Tuesday shows Typhoon Maysak taken by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the International Space Station 

A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the So...A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft at the launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on March 26, 2015. Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on March 28, Kazakh time. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

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A Russian Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft at the launch pad of the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. Russia‘s Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko is scheduled to blast off to the ISS from Baikonur early on Friday.

TOPSHOTS The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is...TOPSHOTS The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, March 12, 2015. NASA Astronaut Wilmore, Russian Cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews.   AFP PHOTO / NASA / BILL INGALLS    == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL  USE / MANDATORY CREDIT:  "AFP PHOTO /   NASA / BILL INGALLS"/  NO A LA CARTE SALES  / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==BILL INGALLS/AFP/Getty Images

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The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of Nasa, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The crew are returning after almost six months on board the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42.