Space

America's Next Giant Leap

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system.
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Next-Generation Microshutter Array Technology

Saturday Space Sight: This is a close-up view of the next-generation microshutter arrays – designed to accommodate the needs of future observatories – during the fabrication process.
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Saturday Space Sight: The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia.
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A new attitude system developed by the Air Force and a small business offers improved capabilities for small space research satellites.
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Meet the Scientists: Richard Rast is working on a novel new way to deal with space debris while also remaining eco-friendly. Think LASERS and SATELLITES.
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The Cassini spacecraft captures three magnificent sights at once: Saturn’s north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings.
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The space plane of the FUTURE: Three companies get the nod to outline their visions of DARPA’s next-generation spaceplane.
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Saturday Space Sight: At about 32 million light-years from Earth, this is a type of very active galaxy known as a Seyfert galaxy — a classification that accounts for 10% of all galaxies.
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