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Vote Now! Best Space Stories of the Week – July 13, 2014

Vintage NASA Spacecraft May Be Out of Gas, Private Team Says

Mark Maxwell / ISEE-3 Reboot Project

Attempts to move a vintage NASA spacecraft into a new orbit 36 years after the probe's launch are in flux, with controllers fearing the spacecraft may have run out of fuel while performing maneuvers on Tuesday (July 9).

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NEXT: Found! Most Distant Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy

Found! Most Distant Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy

isualization Software: Uniview by SCISS Data: SOHO (ESA & NASA), John Bochanski (Haverford College) and Jackie Faherty (American Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Institute's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism)

Scientists have found that cosmic grains of dust can form in supernova explosions and survive the shockwaves created by the powerful explosions afterward.

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NEXT: Russia's Next-Generation Angara Rocket Aces 1st Test Launch

Russia's Next-Generation Angara Rocket Aces 1st Test Launch

Russian Ministry of Defense

The highly anticipated maiden launch of Russia's next-generation Angara rocket has apparently gone off without a hitch.

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NEXT: Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)

Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)

NASA/ESA

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a strange celestial "string of pearls" wrapped around the hearts of two merging elliptical galaxies.

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NEXT: Surfin' on Sunlight! Privately Funded Solar Sail to Launch by 2016

Surfin' on Sunlight! Privately Funded Solar Sail to Launch by 2016

Josh Spradling / The Planetary Society

Nine years after a rocket failure that destroyed its solar-sailing spacecraft, the Planetary Society is ready for another try.

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NEXT: Cassini Probe Celebrates 10 Years at Saturn Today

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