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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – March 2, 2014

Dead Pigeons and the Universe's Birth: 5 Weird Facts About Big Bang Theory

NASA/WMAP

Here are five things you didn’t know about the Big Bang theory and the origins of the universe.

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NEXT: Water Found in Atmosphere of Nearby Alien Planet

Water Found in Atmosphere of Nearby Alien Planet

Alexandra Lockwood/Caltech

Water has been detected in the atmosphere of one of the first alien planets ever identified by astronomers, scientists announced.

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NEXT: Construction of Giant Telescope in Hawaii Could Begin This Summer

Construction of Giant Telescope in Hawaii Could Begin This Summer

Thirty Meter Telescope

The Thirty-Meter Telescope is about 80 percent funded, and plans to break ground at Mauna Kea this summer, the observatory's leaders say.

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NEXT: Incredible Technology: Space 'Harpoons' Could Snatch Samples of Asteroids and Moons

Incredible Technology: Space 'Harpoons' Could Snatch Samples of Asteroids and Moons

Chad Truitt, University of Washington

Using a set of long-lined harpoons would allow a mission to grab samples from multiple locations on an asteroid or moon — and to get them from deep beneath the surface, where some of the most interesting material lies, researchers say.

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