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Vote Now! Top Space Stories of the Week - Jan. 6, 2013

Never-Before-Seen Stage of Planet Birth Revealed and More

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Kornmesser (ESO)

Last week SPACE.com took a look at a never-before-seen stage of planet birth, the Quadrantid meteor shower wowed stargazers and historian said Neil Armstrong did not lie about the origin of “one small step” speech. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Neil Armstrong Didn't Lie About 'One Small Step' Moon Speech, Historian Says

Neil Armstrong Didn't Lie

NASA

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, did not lie about the origin of his historic "one small step" speech during NASA's Apollo 11 lunar landing, Andrew Chaikin says. [Full Story]

NEXT: A Martian 'Flower'?

A Martian 'Flower'?

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

New photos of Mars from NASA's Curiosity rover have sparked a buzz of discussion over an odd formation that some have dubbed a "flower" embedded in a Martian rock. The rover has also found a snake-like rock formation winding across the Red Planet's surface. [Full Story]

NEXT: Never-Before-Seen Stage of Planet Birth Revealed

Never-Before-Seen Stage of Planet Birth Revealed

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/M. Kornmesser (ESO)

Alma has spotted streams of gas that indicate newborn giant planets. [Full Story]

NEXT: Will China Launch an Anti-Satellite Test Soon?

Will China Launch an Anti-Satellite Test Soon?

NASA Orbital Debris Program Office

China may be gearing up for an anti-satellite test this month, some experts say. [Full Story]

NEXT: Sun's 2013 Solar Storm Peak Expected to Hit Century Low

Sun's 2013 Solar Storm Peak Expected to Hit Century Low

NASA/SDO/GSFC

The sun reaches its 11-year solar cycle peak in 2013. What this means for Earth, orbiting astronauts, spacecraft and our infrastructure. Emphasis that we are not expecting fatal super flares. [Full Story]

NEXT: Beam Me Up! William Shatner Tweets With Astronaut in Space

Beam Me Up! William Shatner Tweets With Astronaut in Space

Comicon de Montréal 2012

Actor William Shatner of "Star Trek" fame used Twitter to talk with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station this week. Hadfield will become Canada's first space station commander in March. [Full Story]

NEXT: Quadrantid Meteor Shower Wows Stargazers

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Wows Stargazers

Sean Parker

Cold weather and a bright moon didn't stop skywatchers around the country from capturing stunning shots of the annual Quadrantid meteor shower this week. [Full Story]

NEXT: Mars Meteorite May Be Missing Link to Red Planet's Past

Carl Agee

A new class of Martian meteorite has an order of magnitude more water than any other meteorite from Mars. The study is being published in Science Express. [Full Story]

NEXT: Private Space Travel to Make Giant Leaps in 2013

Private Space Travel to Make Giant Leaps in 2013

Sierra Nevada

The private space travel industry is poised for giant leaps in 2013. NASA is banking on private space taxis for astronauts while suborbital ships will fly tourists soon. [Full Story]

NEXT: Earth Is Closest to the Sun for 2013 Today

Earth Is Closest to the Sun for 2013 Today

Starry Night Software

The earth will be at its closest distance to the sun today, known as perihelion. How can this be, when half the world is at its coldest? [Full Story]

NEXT: 100 Billion Alien Planets Fill Our Milky Way Galaxy: Study

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