Vote Now! Top Space News of the Week - Feb. 24, 2013

Possible Dark Matter Detection, Lunar Water Theory Challenged and More

CERN/CMS/Taylor, L; McCauley, T

Last week’s discovery of water in moon rock samples challenged a longstanding theory, a space station study could have detected dark matter and more. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Has Dark Matter Finally Been Found? Big News Coming Soon

Has Dark Matter Finally Been Found? Big News Coming Soon

NASA

The first science results from the space station-based Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer are expected soon, and may or may not indicate a detection of dark matter annihilation.[Full Story]

NEXT: Apollo Moon Rocks Challenge Lunar Water Theory

Apollo Moon Rocks Challenge Lunar Water Theory

NASA/Johnson Space Center

The discovery of "significant amounts" of water in moon rock samples collected by NASA's Apollo astronauts is challenging a longstanding theory about how the moon formed, scientists say.[Full Story]

NEXT: Russia Meteor Blast Was Largest Detected by Nuclear Monitoring System

Russia Meteor Blast Was Largest Detected by Nuclear Monitoring System

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

A far-flung system of detectors that make up a Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) network made its largest ever detection when a meteor broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week. [Full Story]

NEXT: 'Vulcan' Warps Into Lead in Pluto Moon Name Contest

'Vulcan' Warps Into Lead in Pluto Moon Name Contest

NASA

As the Pluto moon naming contest run by SETI is drawing to a close, William Shatner’s favorite, Vulcan, is picking up steam. It has moved into first place with more than 100,000 votes. [Full Story]

NEXT: Found! Tiny Moon-Size Alien World Is the Smallest Exoplanet

Found! Tiny Moon-Size Alien World Is the Smallest Exoplanet

NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers have discovered a tiny alien planet called Kepler-37b that is smaller than Mercury, making it the smallest alien planet ever seen. [Full Story]

NEXT: Curiosity Rover to Eat Mars Rock Dust After Drilling Success

Curiosity Rover to Eat Mars Rock Dust After Drilling Success

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home photos confirming that it recovered samples from deep within a Red Planet rock, cementing the robot's place in exploration history. [Full Story]

NEXT: US Military's Robot Space Plane Settles Into Mystery Mission

US Military's Robot Space Plane Settles Into Mystery Mission

NASA/MSFC

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B, a robotic space plane used to fly classified payloads into Earth orbit, is quietly chalking up mileage after its Dec. 11 launch. It has even been spotted in space.[Full Story]

NEXT: Want to Smell Space? Sniff a Cosmic Candle

Want to Smell Space? Sniff a Cosmic Candle

ThinkGeek.com

The nerdy toy makers at ThinkGeek used input from scientists to create a candle that smells like space.[Full Story]

NEXT: Is Millionaire Space Tourist Planning Trip to Mars?

Is Millionaire Space Tourist Planning Trip to Mars?

NASA/ESA

Buzz is building about a planned 2018 private mission to Mars, which may launch the first humans toward the Red Planet. [Full Story]

NEXT: Astronomer Sleuths Find Clues to 100-Year-Old Meteor Mystery

Astronomer Sleuths Find Clues to 100-Year-Old Meteor Mystery

University of Toronto Archives/Natalie McMinn

On the 100 year anniversary of a strange meteor procession that spanned a quarter of the Earth, astronomers have finally tracked down the path of the meteors over Canada and down as far as Brazil. [Full Story]

NEXT: Why the Higgs Boson May Seal Fate of the Universe

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