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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – March 30, 2014

Asteroid-Capture Mission Will Bring Mars Within Reach, NASA Chief Says

NASA

NASA chief Charles Bolden thinks that the space agency’s ambitious plan to redirect an asteroid into Earth’s orbit is an important stepping stone on the way to Mars, he said Wednesday (March 26).

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NEXT: US Military's XS-1 Space Plane Project Seeks $27 Million in 2015 Funding

US Military's XS-1 Space Plane Project Seeks $27 Million in 2015 Funding

DARPA

The White House's 2015 budget request includes $27 million for DARPA's XS-1, a reusable space plane concept vehicle that could make its initial test flight in 2018.

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