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Video: Busy week for NASA

Phoenix Mars lander, new space-station lab, Saturn's 'bumper cars,' and looking ahead to NASA's gamma-ray observatory.

By Peter N. SpottsStaff Writer for The Christian Science Monitor / June 5, 2008

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had a full plate this week. The Phoenix lander dug into Martial soil, hunting for signs of life on the red planet. Astronauts attached a new, cutting-edge laboratory to the The International Space Station. And looking ahead, the US House Science and Technology Committee signed off on a $20.21 billion NASA authorization bill for fiscal 2009 – that's $2.6 billion more than the Bush administration requested.

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Before we head into the weekend, here's a look back through the week's space news.

Cassini orbiter
Saturn’s rocky F ring (6.05.08)

Phoenix Mars lander
Blog: Red planet, in black and white (6.02.08)
Phoenix Mars Lander prepares to begin excavation (5.26.08)
With Phoenix mission, water hunt to resume on Mars (5.22.08)

International Space Station
Space station to get its largest lab (5.30.08)