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Vote Now! Top Space News of the Week - March 17, 2013

Intelligent Alien Life, Killer Asteroids and Pluto's Many Moons

NASA.

Last week the Soyuz capsule landed back on Earth, we pondered how to deflect an asteroid and Pluto could have even more moons. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Alien Life May Be Rare Across the Universe

Alien Life May Be Rare Across the Universe

David A. Aguilar (CfA)

Some scientists are suggesting that life in the universe may not be as common as most people believe. [Full Story]

NEXT: No Intelligent Aliens -- Yet

No Intelligent Aliens -- Yet

ESO

The search for any extraterrestrial life is one of the most profound things we, as a species, can do. But as any other life beyond Earth's shores has yet to be discovered, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) can be a hard-sell. Still, the search continues and scientists are thinking up more and more extreme ways to fine-tune our high-tech array of astronomical instruments to detect intelligence in the stars. Here are the weird and wonderful ways scientists hope to snare an intelligent alien. [Full Story]

NEXT: Giant Alien Planet in Supersized Solar System May Solve Mystery

Giant Alien Planet in Supersized Solar System May Solve Mystery

Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics; Mediafarm

Astronomers have discovered an alien planet seven times the size of Jupiter that has water and carbon monoxide in its atmosphere,but not methane - allowing them to identify exactly how it formed. [Full Story]

NEXT: Deflecting Killer Asteroid Could Be Geopolitical Nightmare

Deflecting Killer Asteroid Could Be Geopolitical Nightmare

ESA - P.Carril

Humanity has the technical know-how to deflect a killer asteroid away from Earth, but whether the world can come together to pull it off in time is another matter. [Full Story]

NEXT: Giant Radio Telescope in Chile Opens for Cosmic Business

Giant Radio Telescope in Chile Opens for Cosmic Business

Clara Moskowitz/SPACE.com

Scientists in Chile will officially open the giant ALMA radio telescope, billed as the world’s most powerful radio telescope, to begin its full operations to scan the cosmos. [Full Story]

NEXT: Pluto May Have 10 More Undiscovered Moons, Study Suggests

Pluto May Have 10 More Undiscovered Moons, Study Suggests

NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)

New study suggests New Horizons could find even more moons around Pluto when it arrives, in the 1-3 km range. Why and how we can find out. Deadline: Aiming for Thursday. [Full Story]

NEXT: First Interstellar Spacecraft May Use Texas-Size Solar Sail

First Interstellar Spacecraft May Use Texas-Size Solar Sail

L’Garde

The first-ever interstellar probe may cruise through space like a boat through the ocean, propelled by super-focused light beamed onto a sail the size of Texas. [Full Story]

NEXT: Celebrated Keck Telescopes Seek Funding on 20th Anniversary

Celebrated Keck Telescopes Seek Funding on 20th Anniversary

Ethan Tweedie Photography, courtesy of W. M. Keck Observatory

A celebration of the W.M. Keck Observatory's 20th anniversary this week will also include a plea for more money to keep the iconic telescopes running in the next year. [Full Story]

NEXT: 50-Year Cosmic Mystery: 10 Quasar Questions for Discoverer Maarten Schmidt

50-Year Cosmic Mystery: 10 Quasar Questions for Discoverer Maarten Schmidt

ESO/M. Kornmesser

A Q&A with Maarten Schmidt, who became the first person to measure the distance to a quasar 50 years ago Saturday (March 16). [Full Story]

NEXT: Soyuz Space Capsule Makes Foggy Landing with US-Russian Crew

Soyuz Space Capsule Makes Foggy Landing with US-Russian Crew

NASA TV

Three astronauts returned home from the International Space Station tonight after a months long expedition in orbit. [Full Story]

NEXT: SpaceX's Reusable 'Grasshopper' Rocket Makes Highest Flight Yet

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