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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – Dec. 29, 2013

Holidays in Space, a Record-Breaking Spacewalk and More

NASA/Rick Mastracchio, via @AstroRM

Last week cosmonauts hit a snag in a record-breaking spacewalk, astronauts celebrated the holidays in orbit and we looked ahead at the must-see skywatching events in 2014. See the best stories from last week here.

FIRST STOP: Spacewalking Astronauts Gift Space Station with Christmas Eve Cooling Pump Fix

Spacewalking Astronauts Gift Space Station with Christmas Eve Cooling Pump Fix

NASA TV

Two NASA astronauts have completed repairs on the International Space Station’s vital cooling system.

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NEXT: Cosmonauts Hit Snag with HD Cameras in Record-Breaking Spacewalk

Cosmonauts Hit Snag with HD Cameras in Record-Breaking Spacewalk

NASA/Rick Mastracchio, via @AstroRM

Spacewalking cosmonauts installed new HD video cameras on the International Space Station Friday (Dec. 27), only to uninstall them later due to a data glitch.

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NEXT: Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013

Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013

NASA/JPL-Caltech

A rundown of the most exciting exoplanet discoveries of 2013.

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NEXT: China Targets Moon Sample-Return Mission in 2017

China Targets Moon Sample-Return Mission in 2017

CNSA

China’s amazing moon landing on Dec. 14 is just the beginning of the country’s operations on the lunar surface. See how China’s next step on the moon is to retrieve samples of the lunar surface and return them to Earth.

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NEXT: 11 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2014

11 Must-See Skywatching Events in 2014

Kim Poor

Mars approaches Earth; A total eclipse of the Moon near to one of the brightest stars in the sky; A potentially spectacular meteor shower in late May; a partial solar eclipse for much of North America in October. We'll provide advance details on these and other celestial events that will occur in 2014.

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NEXT: Christmas in Space: Astronauts Celebrate Holidays in Orbit

Christmas in Space: Astronauts Celebrate Holidays in Orbit

NASA

Here’s how the astronauts are planning to spend their Christmas holiday in space.

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NEXT: Scientists Petition U.S. Congress for Return to the Moon

Scientists Petition U.S. Congress for Return to the Moon

Dan Durda/FIAAA

China’s Chang’e 3 robotic landing on the moon has helped spur a political crusade in the United States to more aggressively explore and utilize the moon.

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NEXT: Incredible Technology: How to Mine Water on Mars

Incredible Technology: How to Mine Water on Mars

ESA

Mars One plans to launch an unmanned orbiter that could extract water from Mars. Here’s a look at how water extraction might work on the Red Planet.

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