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Vote Now! Top Space Stories of the Week - July 15, 2012

TV's 'Big Bang Theory' Gives Away Free Trip to Space

Mike Massimino (via Twitter as @Astro_Mike)

Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for at least one fan of the popular TV sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." The hit CBS sitcom gave away a high-flying prize — a free trip to space — today at the Comic-Con festivities in San Diego, according to news reports. [Full StoryNEXT STOP: New Crew Launches to Space

Soyuz Rocket Launches New ISS Crew

NASA/Carla Cioffi

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off today (July 14) carrying new residents for the International Space Station, a trio of veteran spaceflyers representing Russia, the United States and Japan.The new complement includes NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spaceflyer Akihiko Hoshide. [Full Story]

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