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9 Exciting Space Movies to Watch in 2017

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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“War for the Planet of the Apes” (July 14): The next installment of the “Planet of the Apes” saga, following 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” In this year’s installment, the nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar engages in a battle with an army of humans.
“Geostorm” (Oct. 20): Two brothers must save Earth from a worldwide net of climate-controlling satellites that surround the planet and are designed to defend against natural disasters.

“Avatar 2” (Dec. 21): The long-awaited sequel to 2009’s “Avatar,” which follows the story of a hybrid human-alien species (Avatar) created to communicate with the indigenous Na’vis from the planet Pandora. Plot details for “Avatar 2” have yet to be announced.
“The Black Hole” (TBA): A remake of the 1979 movie of the same name, in which a missing ship was found on the edge of a black hole.

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