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Animation taken from feed of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite from Nov. 19 and 20 shows the record-setting continuous snowfall downwind of the Great Lakes. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project/Dennis Chesters

A look at the possible origins of the object of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, Asteroid Bennu, and our solar system. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA'S ScienceCasts program examines the European Space Agency's Rosetta's "ridiculously difficult" mission to send a lander to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Credit: NASA

 

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Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently flight tested a new solid-fuel rocket motor design at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center's Socorro launch site. By separating the the fuel from the oxidizer, it adds a higher level of safety to conventional designs. This enabled the use of higher-energy propellants. The new rocket design was tested against conventional, high-energy commercial rockets to enable a comparison of data gathered on velocity, altitude, burn rate, and other parameters. Credit: Los Alamos National Lab

The Oct. 17 landing of the third mission of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned spaceplane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehiclen (OTV-3) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Fresh on the heels of a U.S. Defense Department report saying commercial satellite capacity costs the government four times as much as comparable bandwidth on the military-owned Wideband Global Satcom system, executives from five satellite operators offer their own visions for a future milsatcom architecture.

With the landing of one of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spaceplanes, video of the landing of the other X-37B, which launched in March 2011 and completed its 496-day classified mission in June 2012. Credit: Boeing

A look at what's in store for NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule on its maiden launch in December, called Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1.

 

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Launching the largest amateur rocket in the state of Colorado is quite an achievement, especially for an 18-year old. The 2006 launch of the Event Horizon is shown here in a just-released video that includes footage from the event as well as from rocket-mounted cameras.

Amateur rocket-enthusiast Art Hoag led a team, including Troy Hummel and Joe Cowan, that launched the suborbital rocket from Colorado's launch grounds on the Pawnee Grasslands near Wyoming. Powered by three N-class model-rocket engines, the 6.4-meter rocket reached an altitude of about 3,6500 meters.

SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) moderates a human space exploration panel discussion at the Atlantic Council's day-long conference, "The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program." 

The event was held Sept. 16, 2014, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Video produced by Imperative Space.

The panelists included:

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