International Space Station as seen from Space Shuttle Atlantis in this July 2011 photograph. Credit: NASA
The 7th and 8th Galileo satellites were released from the four-stage Soyuz-Fregat rocket  into a circular orbit of about 23,522 kilometers in altitude. Credit: ESA
Orbital ATK's facility in Gilbert, Arizona
AGI's ComSpOC illustration
Daniel Calleja Crespo
ULA is letting the public choose the name of its next rocket by taking a vote on five names.
Asteroid Capture
Microspine grippers on the end of the robotics arms are used to grasp and secure the boulder. The microspines use thousands of small spines to dig into the boulder and create a strong grip. An integrated drill will be used to provide final anchoring of the boulder to the capture mechanism. Credit: NASA artist’s concept
Credit: AsiaSat video grab
South Korea's Kompsat-3A carries a focal plane array capable of detecting objects as small as 1 meter in diameter. Credit: KARI
A United Launch Delta 4 rocket lofts the GPS-2F9 satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 25, 2015. Credit: ULA video grab
Dava Newman
NASA's James Webb Telescope's test backplane and mirrors
Once the boulder is secured, the Capture and Restraint System legs will provide a mechanical push off that will separate the boulder from the surface and provide an initial ascent without the use of thrusters to limit the amount of debris created.
Credit: NASA
The 450-kilogram PeruSat-1 will share a Vega rocket (above) launch with four 110-kilogram satellites for Skybox Imaging. Credit: Arianespace
John Culberson with Alpha Centauri

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