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Rollout and lift of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch a prototype of NASA’s Orion capsule on an uncrewed, Earth-orbiting test mission in early December. Credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center

“We need to move from the government owning and operating huge satellites to a day when the government can purchase data from private satellite operators,” Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Sept. 16 at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch. “The historic government monopoly of weather satellites and associated data is now at the point of creating unnecessary costs, delays and risks that could dramatically degrade U.S. weather forecasting.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s began nationwide use of a new weather model Sept. 30. NOAA says the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model will help weather forecasters will be able to pinpoint neighborhoods under threat of from severe weather and warn residents hours before a storm hits. It will also help forecasters provide more information to air traffic managers and pilots about hazards such as air turbulence and thunderstorms. Credit: U.S. National Weather Service

Using its new Maxwell graphic processing unit, technology company Nvidia simulated the conditions in which the 1969 photograph of Buzz Aldrin climbing out of the lunar lander were taken as well as the materials of the surface, the lander and the spacesuits. Credit: Nvidia

ULA and Blue Origin at the National Press Club, Sept. 17, 2014. SpaceNews Editor Warren Ferster questions ULA CEO Tory Bruno and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos. Credit: Courtesy of Blue Origin

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) highlights some of the projects it has slated to go onboard the international space station via Techshot and Cobra Puma Gold. Credit: CASIS

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is set to arrive Sept. 21, 2014, to study the planet's upper atmosphere.

Timelapse video made from photographs taken at a rate of one every second. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the Expedition 40 crew took the photographs onboard the international space station. The video is offered in Ultra High Definition or 4K. The artistic effects of the light trails from stars and cities at night are created by superimposing the individual images and fading them out slowly. Credit: ESA

From the Weather Channel's Weather Geeks program. PlanetiQ President & CEO Anne Hale Miglarese and former American Meteorological President Jon Malay discuss PlanetiQ's plan to launch the first commercial constellation of weather satellites, to help fill government satellite gaps and improve weather forecasting.

Two of the asteroids on NASA's short list of targets for the Asteroid Redirect Mission are not like the others. SpaceNews reporter Dan Leone explains. 

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