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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – June 29, 2014

NASA's Next Manned Spaceship Passes 'Most Complex' Parachute Test

NASA/Rad Sinyak

NASA deployed the Orion spacecraft’s parachutes today (June 25) in what the space agency is billing as the “most difficult” test of the system so far.

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NEXT: Russia Reinstates Rejected Female Cosmonaut Candidate

Russia Reinstates Rejected Female Cosmonaut Candidate

Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

As it turns out, Anna Kikina is to become a cosmonaut after all. The only woman among Russia's recent candidate group, Kikina was excluded from the cosmonaut corps by the commission overseeing the selections. That decision though, has now been reversed.

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NEXT: Hubble Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' Remade in Computer Simulation

Hubble Telescope's 'Pillars of Creation' Remade in Computer Simulation

NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

Learn more about how the Pillars of Creation made famous by an incredible Hubble Space Telescope photo were created themselves.

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NEXT: New Ion-Propulsion System Could Deliver Time Capsule to Mars

New Ion-Propulsion System Could Deliver Time Capsule to Mars

Time Capsule to Mars

A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to the Red Planet, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.

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NEXT: NASA Astronauts Shave Heads After U.S. World Cup Loss to Germany (Photos, Video)

NASA Astronauts Shave Heads After U.S. World Cup Loss to Germany (Photos, Video)

NASA / ESA / Alexander Gerst Twitter

Two American astronauts on the International Space Station got a space-based head shaving yesterday courtesy of German crewmember Alexander Gerst after the three spaceflyers went in on a World Cup wager. NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson lost their bet with Gerst when the United States lost to Germany in Thursday's (June 26) match.

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