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FILE - This May 23, 2010 file photo provided by NASA shows the International Space Station photographed by an STS-132 crew member on space shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. NASA's effort to farm out astronaut trips to the International Space Station to private companies over the next decade is under fire again, this time by federal deficit hit men. (AP Photo/NASA, File)

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This image provided by NASA shows a Nov. 4, 2010 image from NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft showing part of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2. The sun is illuminating the nucleus from the right. A distinct cloud of individual particles is visible. Scientists say a NASA spacecraft braved a cosmic ice storm during this recent flight past the comet Hartley 2.(AP Photo/NASA)

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This composite image provided by NASA, created this month, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes, shows a galaxy where a recent supernova probably resulted in a black hole in the bright white dot near the bottom middle of the picture. (AP Photo/NASA)

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FILE - In this April 8, 2010 file picture, NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, STS-133 mission specialist, shakes hands with Robonaut 2 during a news conference in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Ron Diftler, NASA Robonaut project manager, is at left. Astronaut Catherine Coleman said Friday, March 4, 2011 that she and the 11 other humans aboard the shuttle-station complex want to get R2 out of its packing material as soon as possible. (AP Photo/NASA, Lauren Harnett)

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In this March 3, 2011 photo provided by NASA, astronauts Eric Boe, left, and Scott Kelly move the crate containing Robonaut 2, better known as R2, the first humanoid robot in space, at the International Space Station. The 220-mile-high (354-kilometer-high) unveiling of R2, the first humanoid robot in space, is being moved up at the urging of the president of the United States. Astronaut Catherine Coleman said Friday, March 4, 2011 that she and the 11 other humans aboard the shuttle-station complex want to get R2 out of its packing material as soon as possible. R2, flew to the International Space Station aboard Discovery and will stay behind when the shuttle leaves Monday. (AP Photo/ESA/NASA)

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaks to employees and guests prior to announcing the final destinations of the three remaining space shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, April 12, 2011.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

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NASA workers walk along a platform on the service structure next to space Shuttle Discovery on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Discovery's final launch was delayed until Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Expedition 24 Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson, left, Commander Alexander Skvortsov, center and Mikhail Kornienko sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after they landed near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. Russian Cosmonauts Skvortsov and Kornienko and NASA Astronaut Caldwell Dyson, are returning from six months onboard the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA - Bill Ingalls)

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This image provided by NASA shows the eye of Hurricane Igor taken from the International Space Station Tuesday Sept.14, 2010, by astronaut Douglas Wheelock. At midnight Sept. 15, 2010, Igor was about 1140 miles southeast of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph. (AP Photo/NASA - Doug Wheelock)

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This image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shows Hurricane Earl at 12:45 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. As of Wednesday night, Earl was a powerful Category 4 hurricane centered more than 520 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with winds of 140 mph. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shows Hurricane Earl (lower right) at 1 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. At 11 p.m. EDT Tuesday the center of the storm was located about 910 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N.C. The Category 4 hurricane was moving northwest at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. (AP Photo/NASA)

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Hurricane Earl passes over the Leeward Islands on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in this image from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (AP Photo/NASA)

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FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 image provided by NASA shows astronaut Alan Poindexter exercising on a bicycle ergometer on the space shuttle Atlantis while docked with the International Space Station. Astronauts can become as weak as 80-year-olds after six months at the International Space Station, according to a new study that raises serious health concerns as NASA contemplates prolonged trips to asteroids and Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

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In a photo made from NASA television, Expedition 24 astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson works outside the space station Monday Aug. 16, 2010 as she and Douglas Wheelock prepare to install a cooling pump module, replacing the one that failed. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image provided by NASA of the Petermann Glacier and the new iceberg was acquired from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft on Thursday Aug. 12, 2010. It covers an area of 49.5 by 31.5 kilometers (30.7 by 19.5 miles), four times the size of New York's Manhattan island. According to scientists the recently calved iceberg is the largest to form in the Arctic in 50 years. (AP Photo/NASA)

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FILE - These two satellite images provided by NASA taken on July 28, 2010, left, and Aug. 5, 2010, right, shows the Petermann Glacier in Northern Greenland. A giant ice island, seen in image at right, has broken off the Petermann Glacier. A University of Delaware researcher says the floating ice sheet covers 100 square miles (260 sq. kilometers) _ more than four times the size of New York's Manhattan Island. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says the weather-related cataclysms of July and August fit patterns predicted by climate scientists, although those scientists always shy from tying individual disasters directly to global warming. (AP Photo/NASA)

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This image provided by the Alaska State Troopers shows the wreckage of the amphibious plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe that crashed into a remote Alaska mountainside during a fishing trip, killing Mr. Stevens and four others and stranding the survivors on a rocky, brush-covered slope overnight. The plane hit the ground with so much force that it left a 300-foot gash on the slope, federal investigators said. (AP Photo/Alaska State Troopers)

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This Aug. 5, 2010 satellite image provided by NASA shows an ice island that has broken off the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. A University of Delaware researcher says the floating ice sheet covers 100 square miles (260 sq. kilometers) _ more than four times the size of New York's Manhattan Island. (AP Photo/NASA)

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** FILE ** Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe (The Washington Times)

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In this photo taken from NASA television, Expedition 24 astronauts work outside the space station, Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/NASA)