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Artist's illustration of recently discovered asteroid belt around the bright star Vega. Image Credit/NASA

Observations with NASA’s Spitzer space telescope and the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory have detected  familiar looking asteroid/cometary belts around Vega, a young star and one of the brightest objects in the northern night sky.

The band of small objects near Vega,...

Courtesy of Stanford Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Phobos, one of two moons...

This artist's illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft. A new analysis has determined the frequencies of planets of all sizes, from Earths up to gas giants. Key findings include the fact that one in six stars hosts an Earth-sized planet in an orbit of 85 days or less, and that almost all sun-like stars have a planetary system of some...

Overview map of Vesta's southern hemisphere. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material occurs. The red line depicts the rim of the Veneneia basin, the black line the rim of the younger Rheasilvia basin. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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Thursday marked the first day of the U. S. 113th Congress, the members of the House and Senate elected in November to serve new two and six-year terms.

Floor of the U. S. House of Representatives. Photo Credit/U. S. House

However, before the 112th Congress adjourned, also on Thursday, the House and Senate produced a positive statement on the future of  U. S. human space activities.

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