Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - April 21, 2013

Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Discovered, New Private Rocket Launches On Maiden Voyage and More

NASA/Bill Ingalls

Last week astronomers found evidence that two exoplanets may be habitable, a new private rocket launched into orbit, and hints of dark matter possibly seen. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Moon May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend

Moon May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend

JPL

The annual Lyrid meteor shower will be at its best on Sunday night and early Monday (April 21-22). Here's what to look for. [Full Story]

NEXT: New Private Rocket Launches Into Orbit On Maiden Voyage

New Private Rocket Launches Into Orbit On Maiden Voyage

NASA/Bill Ingalls

A new commercial U.S. rocket soared into the Virginia sky Sunday (April 21) on a debut flight that paves the way for eventual cargo flights to the International Space Station for NASA.[Full Story]

NEXT: Hubble Telescope Snaps Stunning Nebula Photo for 23rd Birthday

Hubble Telescope Snaps Stunning Nebula Photo for 23rd Birthday

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular new image of an iconic nebula to celebrate its 23 years of peering deep into the heavens. [Full Story]

NEXT: World's Oldest Spacewalker: Russian Cosmonaut Makes Space History at 59

World's Oldest Spacewalker: Russian Cosmonaut Makes Space History at 59

NASA TV

Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov, at age 59, became the oldest person to venture into the vacuum of space Friday (April 19). [Full Story]

NEXT: SPACE.com Named Official Webby Awards Honoree

SPACE.com Named Official Webby Awards Honoree

SPACE.com announced yesterday (April 17) that it has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Science category of the 17th Annual Webby Awards.This marks SPACE.com's second Webby Awards distinction, following their 2010 Official Honoree selection in the 14th Annual Webby Awards. [Full Story]

NEXT: Discovered! Most Earth-Like Alien Planet & 2 Other Possibly Habitable Worlds

Discovered! Most Earth-Like Alien Planet & 2 Other Possibly Habitable Worlds

NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers with NASA’s Kepler mission have found evidence that two exoplanets may be near Earth-size and habitable, with liquid water on their surfaces. [Full Story]

NEXT: Sex in Space Could Be Out of this World ... Or Not

Sex in Space Could Be Out of this World ... Or Not

The author of a book about sex in space speaks to SPACE.com about what it would be like for a couple to take a 501 day trip to Mars. [Full Story]

NEXT: Baby Boom: Ancient Galaxy Fires Out New Stars at Record Pace

Baby Boom: Ancient Galaxy Fires Out New Stars at Record Pace

ESA–C. Carreau

The discovery of a massive starburst galaxy that was being assembled around 880 million years after the Big Bang is reported in this week’s Nature. [Full Story]

NEXT: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Makes Stunning Leap Toward Private Spaceflight (Photo)

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Makes Stunning Leap Toward Private Spaceflight (Photo)

MarsScientific.com/Clay Center Observatory/Virgin Galactic

A new private spaceship is one step closer to flying its first commercial crew high above the Earth's surface. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo successfully conducted its first "cold flow" flight test above the Mojave Desert in California last week (April 12). [Full Story]

NEXT: Big Bang Didn't Need God, Stephen Hawking Says

Big Bang Didn't Need God, Stephen Hawking Says

Rod Pyle/SPACE.com

Our universe didn't need any divine help to burst into being, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking told a packed house at Caltech Tuesday night (April 16). [Full Story]

NEXT: Astronauts Send Condolences to Boston After Marathon Blasts

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