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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. 

Ian Clark, principal investigator of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) recounts its June 28 'flying saucer' test. The test simulated conditions the parachute system will face landing on the martian surface. The video is taken from cameras on board the test vehicle. Credit: NASA JPL

In 1988, Robin Williams greeted the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery with “Good morning, Discovery!” Williams’ greeting on Day 2 of the STS-26 mission was a take on his performance as Adrian Cronauer in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam,” which received general release that same year. The actor and comedian was discovered dead in his home Aug. 11  at 63. Credit: collectSpace

Video taken in-orbit July 8, 2014, using an inspection camera on-board the Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) TechDemoSat-1 satellite starting about 30 seconds after separation from the launcher. Credit: SSTL

Animation of Rosetta's lander Philae touchdown at comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in November 2014, with some of the science experiments it will perform. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, is slated to launch on a Vega rocket in early November to flight-test the technologies and critical systems for Europe's future automated re-entry vehicles returning from low orbit. In this video, the IXV is tilted and turned along and around all three axes at ESA's Technical Centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands to measure its centre of gravity and moments of inertia. Credit: ESA

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was interviewed July 24 by Stephen Colbert. Credit: Comedy Central

The BBC World News America interviewed Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye about the importance of the jovian moon Europa and the possiblity of discovering life there. Credit: Planetary Society

SpaceX'sFalcon 9 rocket’s first stage making a “soft landing” in the Atlantic Ocean following the July 14 launch of six Orbcomm satellites into low Earth orbit. Credit: SpaceX

As NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first Moon landing, it is important to remember the role of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV). The LLRVs led to the Lunar Landing Training Vehicles, and eventually the Apollo Lunar Module, which Apollo pilots used to land on the Moon. Credit: NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center


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