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Thanks to Technology, We Learned a Lot About Outer Space in 2016

By Annie Pilon
More than a half a million people have also signed up to one day live on Asgardia, a new nation-state in space.
This year has been a big one for space exploration. In 2016, researchers were able to measure a galaxy that existed 13 billion years ago, finished building the largest space telescope, attached the first inflatable habitat to the International Space Station, concluded that Mercury is likely shrinking and discovered over a thousand new planets. But all of that activity isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Elon Musk also made several announcements this year pertaining to his plans to build a colony on Mars. And more than a half a million people have also signed up to one day live on Asgardia, a new nation-state in space.
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