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** FILE ** This undated image shows an artist's concept of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, rounded module at left, installed on the International Space Station provided by NASA. The cosmic ray detector searched the universe and will help to explain how everything came to be. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, released first results of the experiment Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)

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** FILE ** This undated image shows an artist's concept of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, rounded module at left, installed on the International Space Station provided by NASA. The cosmic ray detector searched the universe and will help to explain how everything came to be. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, released first results of the experiment Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)

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The International Space Station (NASA via Associated Press)

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This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong) Conspiracy theorists have claimed that photos of the lunar landings are bogus due to: a lack of visible stars; inconsistent shadows and lighting that seem to track with a studio production; what looks like the letter “C†written on a moon rock and the lunar surface; an Australian woman’s alleged claim that she saw a soft drink bottle in the frame while watching one of the manned landings take place on live television. NASA has provided plausible explanations for all of the above: Stars weren’t visible due to the brightness of the sun during the lunar daytime; inconsistent shadows and lighting were the result of lens distortion, lunar dust, uneven ground and multiple light sources; the “C†shape does not appear in original lunar camera film and is believed to be a coiled hair that made its way into the printing processes

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This image provided on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, by NASA shows the agency's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity using its camera to take this picture showing the rover's arm extended toward a light-toned rock, "Tisdale 2," during the 2,695th Martian day on Aug. 23, 2011. The solar-powered rover beamed back images of the horizon, soil and nearby rocks that are unlike any it has seen during its seven years roaming the Martian plains. (AP Photo/NASA)

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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)