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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NASA's Top Space Exploration Stories of the Year

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA completed a successful year of milestones and discoveries in 2005 as the agency begins to implement the Vision for Space Exploration, America's long-term plan for returning astronauts to the moon to prepare for voyages to Mars and other destinations in the solar system. The year included returning the space shuttle to flight, the announcement of plans for America's next generation spacecraft and numerous scientific milestones. Top stories for year in space exploration include:

SPACE SHUTTLE RETURNS TO FLIGHT

Space shuttle Discovery successfully completed a complex flight, the first mission since the Columbia accident in 2003, to the International Space Station. The mission included breathtaking maneuvers, spacewalks and tests of new procedures and safety equipment. The flight was successful, but engineers are still concerned about external tank insulating foam. NASA is committed to solving this problem before launching the next shuttle mission. (For images and information visit: http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight)

NASA'S NEXT GENERATION SPACECRAFT

NASA announced plans for its next generation spacecraft and launch system, which will be capable of delivering crew and supplies to the International Space Station, carrying four astronauts to the moon and supporting up to six crewmembers on future missions to Mars. The new crew vehicle will be shaped like an Apollo capsule, but will be significantly larger. (For images and information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration)

DEEP IMPACT ENCOUNTERS COMET

The Deep Impact spacecraft traveled approximately 268 million miles to meet comet Tempel 1. Its impactor collided with the target's nucleus, giving researchers the best-ever comet data and images. (For images and information,visit: http://www.nasa.gov/deepimpact)

MARS TWINS KEEP ON ROVING

The Mars exploration rovers continued studying the harsh Martian environment. The rover Spirit discovered the composition of rock outcrops altered by water, and the rover Opportunity found evidence that water once flowed across the Martian surface. Both have completed a full Martian year of exploration and discovery. (For images and information, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/mars)

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