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"Earthrise" as seen by the Apollo 8 spacecraft orbiting the moon in 1968.Credit: NASA / William Anders

Moon of Israel” is an epic 1924 film from the golden era of silent movies, and helped launch the directing career of Michael Curtiz, of “Casablanca” fame. Sequels seldom live up to the original. But if Israel’s plans to put a robotic lander on the moon in February 2019 can be considered a sequel, this new “Moon of Israel” mission, led by the nonprofit company SpaceIL, will be a blockbuster in its own right.

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Preparing for Outbreak: Fighting the World's Deadliest Diseases
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Genomic sequencing saved his live. Now he wants everyone to have access.

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