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The Nuclear Spectroscoptic Telescope Array, or NuStar, was attached to a Pegasus XL rocket for its launch Wednesday as a cost-cutting measure by NASA. The $170 million mission is expected to give scientists sharp images from hard-to-see celestial objects. (Associated Press)

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An artist's rendering depicts NASA's latest X-ray telescope, dubbed NuStar, which was launched on a two-year mission on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific to study black holes and other celestial objects. (AP Photo/NASA)

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An artist's rendering depicts NASA's latest X-ray telescope, dubbed NuStar, which was launched on a two-year mission on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific to study black holes and other celestial objects. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This frame grab image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule, center, the U.S. Destiny lab, left and the Japanese Kibo module, right just after the Dragon capsule was dematted from the International Space Station Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This frame grab image from NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon capsule, center, the U.S. Destiny lab, left and the Japanese Kibo module, right just after the Dragon capsule was dematted from the International Space Station Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft (top) as it approaches the International Space Station on May 25, 2012. Dragon is scheduled to spend about a week docked with the station before returning to Earth on May 31 for retrieval. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft (top) as it approaches the International Space Station on May 25, 2012. Dragon is scheduled to spend about a week docked with the station before returning to Earth on May 31 for retrieval. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA, taken May 25, 2012, at 1:15 a.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Bud. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Bud has strengthened off the southwestern coast of Mexico. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA, taken May 25, 2012, at 1:15 a.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Bud. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Bud has strengthened off the southwestern coast of Mexico. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it flies over the coast of West Africa taken from Canadarm2's video camera as Dragon approaches the International Space Station early May 25, 2012. In foreground is a portion of Canadarm2. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA-TV shows the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it flies over the coast of West Africa taken from Canadarm2's video camera as Dragon approaches the International Space Station early May 25, 2012. In foreground is a portion of Canadarm2. (Associated Press/NASA)

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This frame grab from NASA-TV shows the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket on the launch pad at complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., seconds after the launch was aborted due to technical problems early Saturday, May 19, 2012. The launch is rescheduled for Tuesday morning, May 22, 2012, at 3:44 a.m. EDT (AP Photo/NASA)

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This frame grab from NASA-TV shows the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket on the launch pad at complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., seconds after the launch was aborted due to technical problems early Saturday, May 19, 2012. The launch is rescheduled for Tuesday morning, May 22, 2012, at 3:44 a.m. EDT (AP Photo/NASA)

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AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES In this image taken from NASA video, the Hubble Space Telescope is captured by Space Shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm as astronauts start a mission to service the space telescope.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS NASA scientists anticipate ideal weather conditions for the planned shuttle launch Monday to make much-needed repairs on the 19-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, seen here in February 1997.

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** FILE ** In this photo provided by NASA, the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft moves into place underneath the space shuttle Enterprise for transport to New York at Washington Dulles International Airport, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sterling, Va. Enterprise is expected to go on display at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

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** FILE ** In this photo provided by NASA, the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft moves into place underneath the space shuttle Enterprise for transport to New York at Washington Dulles International Airport, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sterling, Va. Enterprise is expected to go on display at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Backlit by the afternoon sun, the NASA space shuttle Discovery is parked in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., during its ceremonial arrival on Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)