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Examining planets, black holes, asteroids, nebulae and other cosmic discoveries using cutting-edge research with photographic images and computer graphics.

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The Orion Nebula gives birth to stars that scientists study to learn how planetary systems form.
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Investigating the Nebra Sky Disk, an archeological mystery and the oldest sky map in the world.
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Many galaxies cluster together like bubbles; scientist use the Hubble Telescope to see if the bubbles will continue to expand.
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Revealing the untold story behind the development of the lunar rover, said to be the final hurdle of the Apollo project, using valuable historic footage.
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Exploring both the glory and tribulations of the space shuttle and how it helped expand humanity's view of the possibility of space travel.
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Scientists use a radio telescope to look for proof of alien contact.
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Life could be present on Saturn's moon Titan.
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Telescopes on six solar observation satellites monitor the sun.
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Monster black holes may be key to forming new galaxies.
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As the study of black holes progresses, science finds more mysteries than solutions.
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Research being carried out to better understand astral collision and prevent potential impacts with earth.
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Recent observations of the Magellanic Clouds -- luminous in the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere -- reveal startling facts.
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Astronomers hunt for clues that will reveal the first star that transformed the ancient universe and led to the creation of everything that followed.
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Viewers get a look into the possibility of extraterrestrial life through the most advanced research.
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The story of how scientists discovered dark matter and what they do and don't know about this mysterious substance.
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Betelgeuse, a first-magnitude red star in the Orion constellation, nears the end of its life.
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Thanks to NASA's latest Mars rover Curiosity, scientists find clues to previous life on the planet; tracking the first year of Curiosity's exploration.
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Human settlements on Mars may become reality in the early 22nd century; artificial microorganisms created with the latest techniques in synthetic biology could be used to produce resources directly on the planet itself.

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