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10 of the Most Influential People in Space

  • 10 of Time's Most Influential People in Space

    The cover of Time's "New Frontiers of Space: From Mars to the Edge of the Universe."
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    The cover of Time's "New Frontiers of Space: From Mars to the Edge of the Universe."
  • Elon Musk, SpaceX

    Elon Musk and SpaceX
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    SpaceX founder Elon Musk was named one of the 25 most influential people in space in the new book "New Frontiers of Space." He stands next to the cluster of Merlin engines attached to the private spaceflight firm's Falcon 9 rocket. Image uploaded on July 25, 2013.
  • Sara Seager, Planetary Scientist

    Sara Seager
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    CREDIT: MIT Sara Seager, Planetary Scientist
    Seager wants to find Earth's twin. She combs through exoplanet data in search of Earth-like alien planets that could possibly host life.
  • K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization

    K. Radhakrishnan
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    CREDIT: Pallava Bagla/ Corbis K. Radhakrishnan
    In 2008, Radhakrishnan was integral to the mission that made India the fourth country to put its flag on the moon. The Indian space agency plans to send an orbiter to Mars during a launch in late October this year.
  • Carolyn Porco, Saturn Imager

    Carolyn Porco: Keeping an Eye in Saturn
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    Carolyn Porco: Keeping an Eye in Saturn
    Carolyn Porco and her planetary muse, Saturn.
  • Jill Tarter, SETI Scientist

    Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter is Director of the Institute's Center for SETI Research and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI.
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    CREDIT: SETI SETI Jill Tarter
    Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter, longtime director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium

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    CREDIT: Gabrielle Revere/Contour by Getty Images Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was named one of the 25 most influential people in space in the new book "New Frontiers of Space." Image uploaded on July 25, 2013.
  • Liu Yang, Chinese Astronaut

    China's first female astronaut Liu Yang
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    CREDIT: China Ministry of National Defense China's 1st Woman Astronaut: Liu Yang
    China's first female astronaut Liu Yang, an Air Force major, salutes to reporters during a press conference on the eve of her June 16, 2012 launch with two crewmates on the Shenzhou 9 mission to the Tiangong 1 space lab.
  • Steve Squyres, Spirit and Opportunity Rovers

    Steven W. Squyres
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    CREDIT: NASA Steven W. Squyres
    Steven W. Squyres is a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and the principal investigator for the science payload on NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers.
  • Louis Allamandola, Space Chemist

    Louis Allamandola, Space Chemist
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    CREDIT: NASA Louis Allamandola, Space Chemist
    From his place as the founder of NASA's Ames Astrochemistry Laboratory in Mountain View, Calif., Louis Allamandola is searching for the chemical origins of life.
  • David Spergel, Astrophysicist

    David Spergel, Astrophysicist
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    CREDIT: Princeton David Spergel, Astrophysicist
    Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton University, uses the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe to understand the nature of dark matter and dark energy.
People around the world are pushing the boundaries of space exploration and science every day.

A new book called "New Frontiers of Space: From Mars to the Edge of the Universe" released by Time Books names 25 of the most influential people involved in all aspects of spaceflight and space science today.

Here are 10 of their picks, in no particular order:

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