President Trump holds up his freshly signed Space Policy Directive 1 during a Dec. 11 ceremony at the White House. (Credit: White House)
A NASA technician works on a 10-kilowatt Stirling Power Conversion Unit at Glenn Research Center. (Credit: NASA Glenn Research Center)
Vega lifted off Dec. 3 from French Guiana at 1:04 a.m. local time, placing LISA Pathfinder into an elliptical parking orbit (ESA photo)
Monica Jacinto is a materials engineering and processes fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Credit: Aerojet Rocketdyne
The winners of the 2017 SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation. From left, Planet's Richard Leshner; H.E. Sylvie Lucas, ambassador of Luxembourg; SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell; ILS President Kirk Pysher; Col. Steven Lang, 45th Space Wing; Lt. Col. Jack Lovin, USSTRATCOM; Marcy Steinke, Maxar Technologies; Jason Crusan, NASA. Credit: Kate Patterson for SpaceNews
Soyuz launch from Vostochny
The Ball Aerospace-built JPSS-1 satellite carries five instruments. Its follow-on, JPSS-2, is being built by Orbital ATK. (Credit: NASA/Ball Aerospace)
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Phillip Harlow Xtar
A Soyuz 2.1a rocket in the lead up to its April 2016 launch from Vostochny — the first and only launch to date from Russia's newly constructed cosmodrome.  Credit: Roscosmos
Fu Zhiheng, Executive Vice President, China Great Wall Industry Corp. Credit: CGWIC
SES-15 all-electric satellite. Credit: ArianeGroup
Made In Space is working with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering space Systems as subcontractors to develop the Archinaut in-space manufacturing capabilities. Credit: Made In Space
This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater beginning to catch morning light. Curiosity was delivered in 2012 to Gale crater, a 155-kilometer-wide crater that contains a record of environmental changes in its sedimentary rock. Credit: NASA JPL-CALTECH
North Korea launches the Hwasong-14 in July on a lofted trajectory that demonstrated sufficient range to hit the continental United States. Credit: Korean Central News Agency
Accion Systems' electrospray thruster chips (shown in gold) arranged on a notional satellite. Credit: Accion Systems

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