In this European Space Agency illustration, a satellite breaks up, adding to the growing population of orbital debris. Debris-clearing spacecraft the U.S., China and others have in the works could easily double as anti-satellite weapons. Credit: ESA
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, second from right, attends GLEX 2017. Credit: International Astronautical Federation
A Chinese DNA experiment was among the 25 NanoRacks-brokered experiments a SpaceX Dragon delivered to ISS in early June. Credit: NASA
China’s robotic circumlunar test flight in 2014 snapped this image of the moon with Earth in the distance. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences
A Chinese military communications satellite launches atop a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in November 2015. Credit: Xinhua
An Atlas 5 rocket successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission. Credit: U.S. Air Force
Arabella Wojnar, left, Bianca Wojnar, and Valentina Wojnar, right, pose for a photograph with a model of a spacecraft and alien during the Mars New Year celebration Friday, May 5, 2017, in Mars, Pennsylvania. The town is hosting two days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Chris Boshuizen, Will Marshall and Robbie Schingler cofounded Planet in 2010. Credit: Planet
VSS Unity suborbital spaceplane on the tarmac in Mojave, California. Credit: Virgin Galactic
A more optimistic  Burt Rutan speaks following SpaceShipOne's X-Prize-winning flight in October 2004. Credit: Wikicommons
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The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is looking at ways to bolster cybersecurity, especially for older satellites and ground control stations. Credit: Airman 1st Class Krystal Ardrey/U.S. Air Force
Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Landsat 5 was a relatively young eight-year-old spacecraft the last time Congress passed major remote-sensing legislation. Credit: NASA
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