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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

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin tells SpaceNews staff writer Dan Leone that a "limited cooperation" with China is needed to re-establish U.S. leadership in space exploration. Credit: SpaceNews.com video

LightSail-1 is a citizen-funded mission scheduled to launch in 2016 aboard the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Falcon Heavy rocket. The Planetary Society is testing the use of a solar sail to maneuver cubesats in Earth orbit and eventually reach interplanetary destinations. Credit: Planetary Society by Josh Spradling

ESA's Venus Express, launched Nov. 9, 2005 and arrived at Venus April 11, 2006, has completed routine science observations and is preparing to dive into the planet's hostile atmosphere. With seven instruments, the spacecraft has provided a comprehensive study of the ionosphere, atmosphere and surface of Venus. Credit: European Space Agency

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