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Exciting space action will take center stage on the big screen this year, with the return of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" superheroes, a glimpse of what it might be like to live on Mars, and the next installment of the beloved "Star Wars" franchise.
Here is our list of the most fascinating space movies to look out for in 2017, including those that delve into the history of America's space program and those that are out-of-this-world.
Up first: "Hidden Figures"
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"Hidden Figures" (Jan. 6)
Start the year off with "Hidden Figures," which features the untold true story of African American women whose work was crucial to the early space program at NASA's Langley Research Center. ['Hidden Figures' Movie Probes Little-Known Heros of 1960s NASA]
Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) worked as some of the first "computers" at NASA in the 1960s. Their work was monumental in calculating trajectories for America's early spaceflight.
Up next: "The Space Between Us"Slide 3 of 21
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"The Space Between Us" (Feb. 3)
Astronauts finally travel to Mars to live for an extended period of time, but unknowingly carried an extra passenger with them for their journey to the Red Planet. After being raised by scientists and growing up in solidarity, a 16-year-old boy (played by Asa Butterfield) returns to Earth from Mars to find his father and a girl he has regularly been chatting with online — and whom he may just be falling in love with. Although he's eager to explore the new planet with his crush, his body is not accustomed to Earth's gravity.
Up next: "Life"Slide 5 of 21
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"Life" (March 24)
Crewmembers aboard the International Space Station receive Martian samples, and upon further study learn what it might mean to find the first proof of (potentially dangerous) extraterrestrial life beyond Earth. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, who have to deal with the unintentional consequences of one of the most important discoveries in human history.
Up next: "Power Rangers"Slide 7 of 21
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