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** FILE ** This file image provided by NASA shows the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Curiosity rover is set to drive toward the mountain in mid-February after drilling into a rock. The image was taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 23, 2012. Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, File)

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** FILE ** This file image provided by NASA shows the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. The Curiosity rover is set to drive toward the mountain in mid-February after drilling into a rock. The image was taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 23, 2012. Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, File)

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This image provided by NASA shows the Eastern Seaboard of the United States at night from a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite as Hurricane Sandy came ashore on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm at 3:35 a.m. EDT. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The moon viewed from the International Space Station orbiting 200 miles above Earth is still another 238,700 miles away. A team of former NASA executives is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige — for a cool $1.5 billion. “It’s not about being first. It’s about joining the club,” former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern said. “We’re kind of cleaning up what NASA did in the 1960s. We’re going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s.” (Associated Press)

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The moon viewed from the International Space Station orbiting 200 miles above Earth is still another 238,700 miles away. A team of former NASA executives is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige — for a cool $1.5 billion. “It’s not about being first. It’s about joining the club,” former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern said. “We’re kind of cleaning up what NASA did in the 1960s. We’re going to make a commodity of it in the 2020s.” (Associated Press)

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Space Shuttle Atlantis, here in 1995, is docked with the Russian space station Mir as the two spacecraft orbit the Earth. NASA looks lost in space and without a clear sense of where the agency is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a critical report released Wednesday. (NASA via Associated Press)

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Space Shuttle Atlantis, here in 1995, is docked with the Russian space station Mir as the two spacecraft orbit the Earth. NASA looks lost in space and without a clear sense of where the agency is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a critical report released Wednesday. (NASA via Associated Press)

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This artist rendering released by NASA shows the twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow orbiting the moon. The duo found evidence that the moon’s interior is more battered than previously thought and the crust is thinner than expected. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This artist rendering released by NASA shows the twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow orbiting the moon. The duo found evidence that the moon’s interior is more battered than previously thought and the crust is thinner than expected. (Associated Press/NASA)

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**FILE** This image from July 19, 2011, provided by NASA, shows the International Space Station photographed by a member of Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly-around as the shuttle departed the station on the last space shuttle mission. (Associated Press/NASA)

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**FILE** This image from July 19, 2011, provided by NASA, shows the International Space Station photographed by a member of Atlantis' STS-135 crew during a fly-around as the shuttle departed the station on the last space shuttle mission. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image released by NASA on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, and taken by cameras aboard the Curiosity rover shows the Martian horizon. (AP Photo/NASA)

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People cheer and greet the NASA space shuttle Discovery as it is brought into the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is berthed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is berthed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is berthed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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** FILE ** Gary McKinnon, shown in this file photo from 2009, is charged with breaking into computers belonging to NASA, the Department of Defense and several branches of the U.S. military. (Associated Press)

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A robot arm on the International Space Station captures the Dragon capsule as they pass over the South Atlantic Ocean early Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. It's the first official delivery by the California-based SpaceX company under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The contract calls for 12 such shipments. (AP Photo/NASA)

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A robot arm on the International Space Station captures the Dragon capsule as they pass over the South Atlantic Ocean early Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. It's the first official delivery by the California-based SpaceX company under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The contract calls for 12 such shipments. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The International Space Station (NASA via Associated Press)