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

Cosmic Crumbs, Odd Exoplanet & More

R. J. GaBany (Blackbird Obs.)

Last week scientists identified a newly found alien world that only orbits one of the stars in a binary system, the feeding habits of a cosmic cannibal were studied to learn how galaxies grow, Cassini probe celebrated 10 years at Saturn and more. See the best stories from last week here.

FIRST STOP: NASA Launches 'Flying Saucer' to Test Mars Landing Tech (Video)

NASA Launches 'Flying Saucer' to Test Mars Landing Tech (Video)

NASA/JPL

NASA launched its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle today from Hawaii, seeing how equipment designed to slow the descent of spacecraft through the Red Planet's atmosphere performs at high speeds in Mars-like conditions.

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NEXT: Cassini Probe Celebrates 10 Years at Saturn Today

Cassini Probe Celebrates 10 Years at Saturn Today

NASA/JPL

A spacecraft exploring Saturn and its many moons has been roaming the ringed wonder’s system for 10 years today.

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NEXT: Eavedropping on ET: Two New Programs Launching to Listen for Aliens

Eavedropping on ET: Two New Programs Launching to Listen for Aliens

Arecibo Observatory

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence announced two ways of looking for signals from intelligent life in the galaxy. One searches for signals in a multitude of wavelengths, while the other hopes to pick up messages between planets in a single system.

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NEXT: Why Alien Life Hunt Should Focus on Impact Craters

Why Alien Life Hunt Should Focus on Impact Craters

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Cosmic impacts can create novel habitats where life can flourish and preserve the remains of pre-existing life for millions of years, new research suggests.

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NEXT: NASA Saturn Probe Will End Mission in Epic 'Grand Finale'

NASA Saturn Probe Will End Mission in Epic 'Grand Finale'

NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has chosen a name for the dramatic final phase of its Saturn-studying Cassini mission, with a little help from the public.

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NEXT: Cosmic Crumbs Reveal Umbrella Galaxy's Eating Habits

Cosmic Crumbs Reveal Umbrella Galaxy's Eating Habits

R. J. GaBany (Blackbird Obs.)

Astronomers are studying the feeding habits of a cosmic cannibal to learn how galaxies grow. The Umbrella Galaxy is surrounded by "crumbs" left over from eating a smaller galaxy.

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NEXT: NASA Launches Satellite to Monitor Carbon Dioxide

NASA Launches Satellite to Monitor Carbon Dioxide

NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA launched the OCO-2 spacecraft today at 5:56 a.m. EDT, kicking off a new round of Earth-observing and data collection to understand the planet’s changing climate more fully.

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NEXT: Hubble Telescope to Hunt for NASA Probe's Next Stop After Pluto

Hubble Telescope to Hunt for NASA Probe's Next Stop After Pluto

NASA, ESA, SwRI, JHU/APL, and the New Horizons KBO Search Team

Scientists are using the powerful Hubble Space Telescope to figure out where to send NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe next — and they've already found some promising leads.

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NEXT: Radio Signals from Jupiter Could Aid Search for Alien Life

Radio Signals from Jupiter Could Aid Search for Alien Life

NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.

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NEXT: Salt on Mars May Turn Ice into Liquid Water (Video)

Salt on Mars May Turn Ice into Liquid Water (Video)

NASA

It may seem impossible that water could flow on the frigid surface of Mars, but a new study in a simulated Red Planet environment shows that a type of salt there may melt the ice it touches.

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NEXT: Earth Is Farthest from the Sun for 2014 Today

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