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Three U. S. and Russian astronauts descended safely to Earth aboard a Soyuz  spacecraft late Sunday, following a 125-day mission to the International Space Station.

Helicopter born Russian recovery forces quickly greeted U. S. astronaut Joe Acaba and cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin, following their touchdown at 10:53 p.m., EDT  in Kazakhstan, north of Arkalyk.

All three men appeared to be in good spirits, according to NASA spokeman Josh Bylery, who was among the recovery forces.



On Oct. 1, theU. S.government will enter the 2013 fiscal year without a budget — not so unusual in recent years as lawmakers attempt to deal with mounting deficits and pressures to increase spending.

A likely Continuing Resolution, legislation that cleared the U. S. House on Thursday, promises to hold spending across the government at 2012 levels for six months beyond Oct. 1 — allowing the November presidential and congressional elections to come and go — if necessary, to ensure some stability.

But on Jan. 2, the CR could give away to a new law, the Budget Control Act of 2011, passed with bi-partisan support by the House and Senate to impose a mandatory $1.2...

The Andromeda Galaxy. Image Credit/NASA

NASA and the agency’s prime contractors for the Space Launch System and Orion/Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the primary elements of  the first U. S. human deep space exploration capability since the Apollo program and potential major new science initiatives, stressed the need for stable budgets before a House oversight panel on Wednesday.

However, that may be...

As big as a 14-story building – that’s the size of a newly discovered space rock that is now labeled as a “potentially hazardous asteroid” – which means that it could collide with Earth in the distant future.

Asteroid 2012 QG42 was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona on August 26, 2012.

This Thursday – that’s tomorrow evening U.S. time —...


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