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Vote Now! Top Space Stories of the Week - July 1, 2012

Leap Second Means Longer Saturday

NASA

The transition from June to July was delayed by circumstances beyond everyone's control. Time stood still for one second on Saturday evening (June 30) because a "leap second" will be added to let a lagging Earth catch up to super-accurate clocks. [Full Story]NEXT STOP: Space Station Crew Returns to Earth

Soyuz Astronauts Back on Earth

NASA TV

After half a year living on the International Space Station, three astronauts safely returned to Earth Sunday (July 1) aboard a Russian-built space capsule. The Soyuz spacecraft landed on Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan at 4:14 a.m. EDT (0414 GMT) to return NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers back to their home planet. [Full Story]

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