U.S. Vice President Mike Pence applauds NASA’s newest class of astronauts during a June 12 ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center May 1, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Credit: SpaceX
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - carrying the NROL-76 payload for the NRO - sits on the launch pad April 29 at Launch Complex 39A. The rocket will have to wait at least 24 hours for liftoff after SpaceX scrubbed the launch planned for April 30 due to an issue with a first-stage sensor. Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX conducted a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket April 25 in preparation for an April 30 launch to carry NROL-76 into orbit. Credit: SpaceX
In spite of emerging threats and the growing importance of space to national defense, NRO “has not fared well in budget battles” in recent years, NRO Director Betty Sapp said April 4 at the 33rd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
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A ULA Atlas 5 carrying NROL-79, a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office, lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, March 1, 2017. Credit: ULA
Former Senator Dan Coats, nominated to be the Director of National Intelligence, testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Credit: CSPAN
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket takes off July 28 from Launch Complex 41 at KSC Credit: screen capture of ULA launch coverage
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Artist's rendering of a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite. The National Reconnaissance Office developed the program in the 1960's and handed it off to the Air Force. Now the House has passed a bill that will send authority for acquiring weather satellites back to the NRO. Credit: Lockheed-Martin
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), above, said after a three-hour hearing he would prefer the Air Force re-engine the Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: C-SPAN.
Betty Sapp, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office, said her agency had purchased launches from rocket maker SpaceX. Credit: David Aleman
An Atlas 5 rocket from United Launch Alliance lifts off July 28 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: ULA
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Robert Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, speaks at the GEOINT 2016 conference in Orlando. The NGA announced a new collaboration to help buy and analyze commercial satellite imagery. Credit: USGIF.

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