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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – Dec. 8, 2013

  • Chang'e 3 Lunar Orbit, Hubble Eyes Water and More

    Exoplanet HD 106906 b
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech Exoplanet HD 106906 b
    An artist's conception of a young planet in a distant orbit around its host star. The star still harbors a debris disk, remnant material from star and planet formation, interior to the planet's orbit.
  • China's 1st Moon Rover Arrives in Lunar Orbit

    China's Chang'e 3 moon mission, the country's first flight to land a rover on the moon, is depicted in this graphic released by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The mission launched on Dec. 2, 2013 Beijing Time.
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    CREDIT: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation China's Chang'e 3 Moon Rover Mission Profile
    China's Chang'e 3 moon mission, the country's first flight to land a rover on the moon, is depicted in this graphic released by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The mission launched on Dec. 2, 2013 Beijing Time and arrived in lunar orbit less than five days later.
  • Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Nears One Year In Orbit

    Image of on-orbit functions for NASA’s X-37 space plane.
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    CREDIT: NASA/MSFC X-37B: Let's Work
    This NASA Marshall Space Flight Center image shows on-orbit functions for the reusable X-37 space plane, now under the wing of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Signs of Water Found on 5 Alien Planets by Hubble Telescope

    Hubble Finds Water in 5 Exoplanets' Air
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    CREDIT: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Hubble Finds Water in 5 Exoplanets' Air
    NASA scientists found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets. All five planets appear to be hazy.
  • Giant Alien Planet Discovered in Most Distant Orbit Ever Seen

    Exoplanet HD 106906 b
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech Exoplanet HD 106906 b
    An artist's conception of a young planet in a distant orbit around its host star. The star still harbors a debris disk, remnant material from star and planet formation, interior to the planet's orbit.
  • Life on Mars: How a One-Way Martian Colony Project Could Work

    Astronauts and Mars One Colony
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    CREDIT: Bryan Versteeg/Mars One Astronauts and Mars One Colony
    This image is an artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their habitat on the Red Planet. Mars One is a not-for-profit organization that will establish a human settlement on Mars through the integration of existing, readily available technologies from the private space industry.
  • How to Preserve Historic Moon Landing Sites for Posterity

    Apollo 12 Deployed Flag and Shadow
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    CREDIT: NASA Apollo 12 Deployed Flag and Shadow Seen by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
    Detail from an Apollo 12 photo showing the deployed flag and its shadow. The latch failed on the pivot designed to hold the top edge of the flag out perpendicular to the pole on a supporting rod, so the flag hung limp. The photo was taken Nov. 19, 1969.
  • Mystery of Moon's Origin Could Be Solved by Venus Mission

    Moon Born in Violence
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech Moon Born in Violence
    This artist's conception of a planetary smashup whose debris was spotted by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009 gives an impression of the carnage that would have been caused when a similar impact created Earth's moon.
  • Fate of Comet ISON Uncertain After Fiery Sun Encounter

    Comet ISON Time-Lapse Nov. 28 Solar and Heliospheric Observatory View
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    CREDIT: ESA/NASA/SOHO/SDO/GSFC Comet ISON Time-Lapse Nov. 28 Solar and Heliospheric Observatory View
    Comet ISON comes in from the bottom right and moves out toward the upper right, getting fainter and fainter, in this time-lapse image from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory on Nov. 28, 2013. The image of the sun at the center is from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
  • China's 1st Moon Rover Launches On Lunar Journey

    A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launches China's first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on the Chang'e 3 lunar landing mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) in this still image from a CCTV broadcast.
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    CREDIT: CCTV China's Chang'e 3 Moon Mission Launches
    A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launches China's first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on the Chang'e 3 lunar landing mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2, 2013 local time (Dec. 1 EST) in this still image from a CCTV broadcast.
  • Saving Hubble: Astronauts Recall 1st Space Telescope Repair Mission 20 Years Ago

    Astronauts fix Hubble on shuttle servicing spacewalk
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    CREDIT: NASA Hubble Gets a Tune Up
    Astronauts F. Story Musgrave, anchored on the end of the shuttle's robotic arm, and Jeffrey A. Hoffman inside the orbiter's payload bay, conduct the fifth and final spacewalk to fix Hubble during the shuttle Endeavour's 1993 servicing mission to the orbiting observatory.
  • NASA's Ailing Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Moves Closer to New Mission

    How NASA's Kepler Will Seek Out Strange New Worlds
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    CREDIT: NASA. How NASA's Kepler Will Seek Out Strange New Worlds
    An artist's interpretation of NASA's planet-hunting Kepler observatory in space.
  • Scientists to Congress: We Have the Technology to Find Alien Life

    Epsilon Eridiani b is the closest alien planet to Earth – about 10.5 light years away.
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    CREDIT: NASA, ESA, G.F. Benedict (University of Texas, Austin) Closest Alien World to Us
    Epsilon Eridani b orbits an orange Sun-like star only 10.5 light years away from Earth. It is so close to us telescopes might soon be able to photograph it. It orbits too far away from its star to support liquid water or life as we know it, but scientists predict there are other stars in the system that might be good candidates for alien life.
  • Moon Express Unveils Private Lunar Lander (Images)

    Moon Express Lunar Lander Headed to the Moon
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    CREDIT: Moon Express Moon Express Lunar Lander Headed to the Moon
    Artist's concept of Moon Express' MX-1 lunar lander headed toward the moon.
Last week China's first moon rover arrived in lunar orbit, signs of water were found on five alien planets, and NASA's hobbled Kepler space telescope took one step closer to resuming its search for alien planets. See the best stories from last week here.

FIRST STOP: China's 1st Moon Rover Arrives in Lunar Orbit

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