U.S.-European collaboration led to the discovery of  the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. This artist’s impression shows the view from the surface of one of the seven or more planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth. Credit: ESO/N. Bartmann/SpaceEngine.org
July 20, 1989: “From the voyages of Columbus, to the Oregon Trail, to the journey to the moon itself, history proves that we have never lost by pressing the limits of our frontiers.”
U.S. President George H. W. Bush, announcing the Space Exploration Initiative. Credit: NASA
Sierra Nevada is bringing its Dream Chaser  to the 34th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 16-19. Credit: NASA
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command. Credit: Kate Patterson for SpaceNews
The 13th National People's Conference wrapped up its first legislative session March 20 in Beijing. Credit: Xinhua/Wang Ye
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein, shown during a January visit to an air base in South
Korea, are pushing for replacing the service’s
fleet of aging JSTARS aircraft with an advanced battle management system that includes satellites. Members of Congress representing JSTARS bases and contractors are pushing back. Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos
Trump Cabinet
An Iridium Next satellite undergoes pre-launch preparations at a SpaceX facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for a March 29 launch. Credit: Iridium
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which made its debut Feb. 6, is the foundation of author Robert Zubrin’s “Moon Direct” plan for affordably returning humans to the moon within four years. Credit: SpaceX
Launch of Atlas 5 SBIRS GEO-2 from Cape Canaveral AFS. Credit: United Launch Alliance
Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, speaks to the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference in Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 28, 2017. Credit: 
 U.S. Air Force
Most of the Army's advanced weapons, including missile defenses, depend on space systems (Army photo)
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son (left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (right) are both worth roughly $20 billion on paper, but Masa’s telecom ventures generate massive amounts of cash while Musk’s biggest company, Tesla, is still losing money. Credit: Flickr.com
St. Helena succeeded in its campaign to land the South Atlantic Express undersea cable nut now needs to land a satellite Earth station to defray maintenance costs. Credit:earthstation.sh/SpaceNews
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