Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - March 4, 2012

Japan Eyes New Space Mission to Sample an Asteroid

JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita

Space engineers in Japan are scoping out an ambitious follow-up to the country's Hayabusa mission, which snagged samples from the asteroid Itokawa and returned them to Earth in 2010. [Full Story]

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Best Mars Sky Show of 2012 Occurs Saturday: How to Watch Online


Skywatchers can watch Saturday's Mars opposition live online, getting an observatory's-eye view of the celestial action. [Full Story]

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