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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - June 23, 2013

NASA Unveils New Astronaut Class, Black Hole Dust & More

NASA

Last week NASA unveiled its new astronaut class for deep-space exploration, Europe said farewell to prolific Herschel space telescope and a giant black hole's dust oddity surprised astronomers. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: 50 Years Ago, 1st Woman to Fly in Space Wore World's 1st Mission Patch

50 Years Ago, 1st Woman to Fly in Space Wore World's 1st Mission Patch

Roscosmos

The first woman in space, who flew 50 years ago on Sunday (June 16), wore a special patch commemorating her mission. [Full Story]

NEXT: NASA Unveils New Astronaut Class for Deep-Space Exploration

NASA Unveils New Astronaut Class for Deep-Space Exploration

NASA

NASA has selected eight people as its newest class of astronaut candidates to begin training for missions to deep space. [Full Story]

NEXT: Details in Death of Yuri Gagarin, 1st Man in Space, Revealed 45 Years Later

Details in Death of Yuri Gagarin, 1st Man in Space, Revealed 45 Years Later

RSC Energia

The circumstances surrounding the death of the first man in space Yuri Gagarin, who was killed in a 1968 jet crash, have long been clouded in theories and rumors. Now, the first man to walk in space says he can reveal what really happened to his friend and fellow Russian cosmonaut. [Full Story]

NEXT: New Clues Into Mystery of Mars Meteorites & Rocks Revealed

New Clues Into Mystery of Mars Meteorites & Rocks Revealed

Image © Natural History Museum, London

New data from NASA Mars rovers has revealed that Martian meteorites on Earth and rocks on the Red Planet have the same source, despite differences in composition. [Full Story]

NEXT: Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope

Europe Says Farewell to Prolific Herschel Space Telescope

ESA/PACS & SPIRE Consortia, T. Hill, F. Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/IRFU – CNRS/INSU – Uni. Paris Diderot, HOBYS Key Programme Consortium

Ground controllers put Europe's Herschel space telescope to sleep Monday, turning off the infrared observatory after squeezing every bit of engineering value from the spacecraft since it ceased scientific work in April. [Full Story]

NEXT: NASA's Grand Challenge: Stop Asteroids from Destroying Earth

NASA's Grand Challenge: Stop Asteroids from Destroying Earth

ESA

There may be killer asteroids headed for Earth, and NASA has decided to do something about it. The space agency announced a new "Grand Challenge" today (June 18) to find all dangerous space rocks and figure out how to stop them from destroying Earth. [Full Story]

NEXT: China Readying 1st Moon Rover for Launch This Year

China Readying 1st Moon Rover for Launch This Year

Courtesy: Dragon in Space

China is preparing to launch a lunar lander probe toward Earth’s satellite. [Full Story]

NEXT: Fungus Among Us? Mold Concerns Delay Space Station Cargo Ship's Opening

Fungus Among Us? Mold Concerns Delay Space Station Cargo Ship's Opening

NASA TV

The robotic European cargo ship Albert Einstein was opened Tuesday morning (June 18) at the International Space Station, a day late because of concerns that mold may have grown inside the vehicle. [Full Story]

NEXT: Giant Black Hole's Dust Oddity Surprises Scientists

Giant Black Hole's Dust Oddity Surprises Scientists

ESO/M. Kornmesser

Dust around a supermassive black hole has been blown away from where astronomers expected to find it. [Full Story]

NEXT: Crowdfunding Raises $1 Million for Asteroid Miners' Public Space Telescope

Crowdfunding Raises $1 Million for Asteroid Miners' Public Space Telescope

Planetary Resources

The world's first selfie-snapping, asteroid-hunting, public space telescope is $1 million closer to its launch into Earth orbit, having surpassed its initial crowdfunding goal. [Full Story]

NEXT: Spectacular Sun Storm Sheds Light on Star Formation

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