Space exploration in 2016 was both enlightening and a little strange.
Researchers looked back in time and measured a galaxy that existed more than 13 billion years ago, finished building the largest space telescope and attached the first inflatable habitat to the International Space Station.
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They concluded that Mercury is most likely shrinking.
And speaking of planets, NASA's Kepler mission found 1,284 new ones.
Fifty-six-year-old astronaut Peggy Whitson became the oldest woman to orbit Earth.
While Jeff Williams is now the American record-holder for the most days spent in space with 534.
Now for the slightly strange — researchers tried and failed to find evidence of an alien civilization within the Hercules constellation.
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But if Mars isn't your thing, Asgardia is another option. More than half a million people have already signed up to one day live in this new nation-state in space.
Just don't expect Thor to be your next door neighbor. He lives on Asgard, not Asgardia.