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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – June 21, 2014

Ancient Dwarf 'Starburst Galaxies' Shed Light on Early Universe

NASA, ESA, H.Atek (EPFL, Switzerland)and J-P.Kneib(EPFL, Switzerland)

They may only be little, but they pack a star-forming punch: new observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that starbursts in dwarf galaxies played a bigger role than expected in the early history of the Universe.

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NEXT: Mountaintop Explosion Signals Start of Huge Telescope's Construction (Video)

Mountaintop Explosion Signals Start of Huge Telescope's Construction (Video)

ESO

A modest mountaintop blast in Chile kicked off construction of the largest optical/infrared telescope ever built on Earth.

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NEXT: Surprise! New Asteroid-Capture Candidate May Be Rubble Pile

Surprise! New Asteroid-Capture Candidate May Be Rubble Pile

Spitzer Science Center

New observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that a space rock known as 2011 MD is a viable option to snag and drag into orbit around the moon, bringing the number of "valid candidates" for the mission at this point to six.

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NEXT: Comet's October Mars Flyby Won't Endanger Red Planet Probes

Comet's October Mars Flyby Won't Endanger Red Planet Probes

NASA/Swift/D. Bodewits (UMD), DSS

A comet's close brush with Mars later this year shouldn't threaten the spacecraft circling the Red Planet, researchers say.

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