Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - May 26, 2013

Moon or Asteroid? Congress Debates Best Pit Stop to Mars

NASA

NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid for astronauts as a deep-space dry run for a future mission to Mars has some members of Congress wondering if the space agency would be better off setting its sights on the moon instead. [Full Story]

NEXT: Sally Ride, 1st US Woman in Space, to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom Posthumously

Sally Ride, 1st US Woman in Space, to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom Posthumously

NASA/Smithsonian/collectSPACE.com

Sally Ride, the United States' first woman in space, will be posthumously honored with the country's highest civilian commendation and the renaming of a high-flying camera.[Full Story]

NEXT: Exquisite Map of Cosmos Hints at Universe's Birth

Exquisite Map of Cosmos Hints at Universe's Birth

ESA and the Planck Collaboration

A map of the universe based on its oldest light is giving astronomers hope that they may be able to answer some of the deepest questions of the cosmos, including how it got started.[Full Story]

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