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Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a super cool 3-D printer, the first ever to be flown in space!
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Saturday Space Sight: Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star.
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Adam Thurn, NRL Aerospace Engineer, has invented a nichrome burn wire mechanism for these CubeSats, as they’re called, to deploy something once in orbit.
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Saturday Space Sight: NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons is en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto!
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Engineers from AFRL completed a program that significantly improves the manufacturing readiness level of advanced Gallium Nitride GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits.
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Under the Air Force’s High-Stare program, Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) were developed and
manufactured to detect infrared radiation for enhanced missile launch detection.
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The pale rocks in this photo from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover include the “Bonanza King” target under consideration to become the fourth rock drilled by the Mars Science Laboratory mission.
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Journey to Mars

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.
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