Curt Niebur, program scientist at NASa headquarters in Washington and outer planets workhorse. Credit: NASA
MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System  secure communications network, has been encapsulated in its protective launch vehicle fairing for its  launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credit: ULA
Global Xpress satellite. Credit: Inmarsat artist's concept
AsiaSat 8 undergoing construction
oneweb constellation
ILS Proton M
GSLV-D6 rocket
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
Credit: SpaceX
A ball of plutonium-238 glows from its own energy. Credit: DoE
The U.S. Air Force intends to use an Orbital ATK satellite platform for the STPSat-6 mission. Shown above is an artist's concept of the GEOStar-1 platform Orbital ATK offers for national security missions in geostationary orbit. Credit: Orbital ATK
Just after T+2 minutes, the NASA announcer says "Everything coming back shows the vehicle on course, on track.” The Falcon 9 then appears to explode. Credit: NASA TV
Merri Sanche
SLS and Orion. Credit: NASA artist's concept
Donna Edwards
NASA's Jim Green, director of planetary science. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh. Credit: DOD/Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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