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Today’s Deep Space Extra

16 May 2018, 14:17 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House and NASA are starting with small but quick steps toward returning human deep space exploration to the moon’s surface and beyond. China wraps up a long ground simulation of a human moon mission. A NASA Mars Insight mission CubeSat companion looks back at Earth, sends an image.

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