In pictures: 20 key NASA projects in 2009

From the space shuttle and Mars mission to water on the moon and ice on the Earth, NASA has its hands in a variety of critical projects

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The stink heard 'round the world: What started out innocently enough as a product naming contest quickly became a PR nightmare for NASA. After weeks of controversy over its voting methodology, NASA told Comedy Central comedian Steven Colbert it wouldn't name its new space module after him, but did say it would identify a treadmill with his name on it: the 'Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill,' or COLBERT.

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