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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week - July 14, 2013

Kepler Spacecraft Should Pin Down 'Alien Earth' Planets Despite Glitch

NASA.

Health issues have likely ended the planet-hunting activities of NASA's Kepler spacecraft. But the mission should be able to accomplish its main goal — determining the frequency of Earthlike planets around the Milky Way — with the data it's already gathered, researchers say. [Full Story]

NEXT: Sun's 2013 Solar Activity Peak Is Weakest in 100 Years

Sun's 2013 Solar Activity Peak Is Weakest in 100 Years

Hathaway/NASA/MSFC

This year's solar maximum is shaping up to be the weakest in 100 years and the next one could be even more quiescent, scientists said Thursday (July 11). [Full Story]

NEXT: Superman's Origins Possibly Born from Star Explosion

Superman's Origins Possibly Born from Star Explosion

DC Comics

Nova Herculis may have inspired the creators of Superman to change the super hero's creation story from time travel to space travel. [Full Story]

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