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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - June 30, 2013

Supermoon, Nuclear Pasta & More

University of Alicante

Last week skywatchers were wowed by the largest moon of the year, astronomers found evidence for a new phase of matter and Voyager 1 crossed into a surprisingly unexpected zone. See the top stories of the last week here.

FIRST STOP: Supermoon Photos: Year's Biggest Full Moon Wows Stargazers Worldwide

Supermoon Photos: Year's Biggest Full Moon Wows Stargazers Worldwide

Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

Dubbed the "supermoon," Sunday's full moon on June 23 was the largest moon of the year, because the moon's full phase coincided with its arrival at perigee, its closest distance from Earth. [Full Story]

NEXT: Where to See NASA's Space Shuttles This Summer

Where to See NASA's Space Shuttles This Summer

collectSPACE.com/Ben Cooper via LaunchPhotography.com

From Washington D.C. to New York City, we’ll explain where you can see space shuttles all over the United States today. [Full Story]

NEXT: NASA Launches Sun-Watching Telescope to Probe Solar Secrets

NASA Launches Sun-Watching Telescope to Probe Solar Secrets

NASA TV

NASA’s newest solar observatory blasted into orbit today, kicking off a two-year quest to probe some of the sun’s biggest mysteries. [Full Story]

NEXT: Real-Life 'Star Trek' Tricorder Project Raises $1 Million

Real-Life 'Star Trek' Tricorder Project Raises $1 Million

Scanadu

A crowdfunding campaign for the first real-life medical tricorder, a la Star Trek, has been extended an extra month. [Full Story]

NEXT: Japan to Launch Talking Robot Into Space

Japan to Launch Talking Robot Into Space

Kibo Robot Project

A small talking robot manufactured on Earth is about to take one giant leap into space. Kirobo — a humanoid "robot astronaut" that can converse with humans in space and on the ground — is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on Aug. 4. [Full Story]

NEXT: NASA's Voyager 1 Probe Enters New Realm Near Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 Probe Enters New Realm Near Interstellar Space

NASA/JPL-Caltech/The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NASA's far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft has crossed into a surprisingly unexpected zone of the heliosphere, the bubble of plasma circling the Earth, scientists say. [Full Story]

NEXT: Cosmic Currency: PayPal and SETI Developing Space Cash System

Cosmic Currency: PayPal and SETI Developing Space Cash System

Space Tourism Society

The SETI Institute has teamed up with PayPal to create the first system for space-based payments. With the rise of commercial spaceflight, there is a need to expand commerce beyond the bounds of Earth, and the new PayPal Galactic imitative aims to blaze the trail, officials announced today (June 27). [Full Story]

NEXT: Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings Hailed by NASA Deputy Chief

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings Hailed by NASA Deputy Chief

NASA/Paul E. Alers

NASA's deputy administrator Lori Garver spoke out in support of a landmark same-sex marriage decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court today (June 26). [Full Story]

NEXT: Asteroids Galore! 10,000th Near-Earth Object Discovered

Asteroids Galore! 10,000th Near-Earth Object Discovered

PS-1/UH

A telescope in Hawaii built to seek out asteroids that might one day threaten the Earth has discovered the 10,000th near-Earth space rock ever seen. [Full Story]

NEXT: 'Nuclear Pasta' in Neutron Stars: New Type of Matter Found

'Nuclear Pasta' in Neutron Stars: New Type of Matter Found

University of Alicante

Astronomers have found evidence for a new phase of matter never before seen inside extremely dense neutron stars. [Full Story]

NEXT: Three Chinese Astronauts Land After Record-Breaking Spaceflight

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