Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – April 6, 2014

Hidden Oceans, Lunar Mystery and More

NASA

Last week scientists might have solved a lunar mystery, new data showed Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus might harbor an underground ocean, and Space.com reached out to space history experts to weigh in about what the “unprecedented” NASA policy to suspend contact with Russia means for NASA and Roscosmos going forward. See the best stories from last week here.

FIRST STOP: Moon's Age Revealed, and a Lunar Mystery May Be Solved

Moon's Age Revealed, and a Lunar Mystery May Be Solved

NASA/JPL-Caltech

The massive collision between Earth and a Mars-sized body that created the moon occurred about 40 million years after the birth of the solar system, scientists say.

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NEXT: Hidden Ocean Found on Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus, Could Potentially Support Life

Hidden Ocean Found on Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus, Could Potentially Support Life

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus harbors an underground ocean hidden beneath 18 miles of ice, data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows.

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NEXT: How the Moon Formed: 5 Wild Lunar Theories

How the Moon Formed: 5 Wild Lunar Theories

The moon has fascinated humanity for millenia, exerting a powerful pull on our imagination just as it tugs on the oceans to create the tides.

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NEXT: NASA Policy to Suspend Contact with Russia 'Unprecedented,' But Maybe Symbolic, Expert Says

NASA Policy to Suspend Contact with Russia 'Unprecedented,' But Maybe Symbolic, Expert Says

NASA

In light of NASA recent call to stop contact with Russian government officials aside from space station business, Space.com reached out to space history experts that weigh in about what this means for NASA and Roscosmos going forward.

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NEXT: Mysteries of Gravitational Waves Star in New LIGO Documentary

Mysteries of Gravitational Waves Star in New LIGO Documentary

A new movie premiering April 15 documents the creation of an amazing astronomical tool that could catch sight of incredible, violent comic events trillions of miles from Earth.

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NEXT: Fly Me to the Minimoon: Tiny Asteroids Near Earth Touted for Human Exploration

Fly Me to the Minimoon: Tiny Asteroids Near Earth Touted for Human Exploration

ESA - P.Carril

A manned mission to an asteroid may be quite a bit less complicated than NASA had thought.

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NEXT: NASA Targets Moons of Mars for Potential Robotic Mission

NASA Targets Moons of Mars for Potential Robotic Mission

NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Scientists and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., are drawing up a low-cost mission concept that would send a robotic spacecraft to Phobos or Deimos, Mars' two tiny satellites.

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NEXT: Why SpaceX's Elon Musk Says 2008 Was His 'Worst Year' Ever

Why SpaceX's Elon Musk Says 2008 Was His 'Worst Year' Ever

NASA/Bill Ingalls

"That was definitely the worst year of my life," SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Sunday (March 30).

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NEXT: China's New Spaceport to Launch Country's Largest Rocket Yet

China's New Spaceport to Launch Country's Largest Rocket Yet

China Space Website

China’s huge new rocket is headed toward its maiden flight from the country's soon-to-be-complete launch center on Hainan Island, at the southern tip of China, far from the nation's mainland.

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NEXT: Space Jokes Blast Off for April Fools' Day: See Our Favorites

Space Jokes Blast Off for April Fools' Day: See Our Favorites

From a billionaire to a respected science journal, everyone is getting in on the ridiculous April Fools' Day fun. A few of the more elaborate jokes flying around the internet today (April 1) involve spaceflight and astrophysics.

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NEXT: Major Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun

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