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An update and overview of the last few months of the NASA Orion space capsule as it nears Exploration Flight Test-1, scheduled for later this year. Credit: NASA

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle designed for landing larger payloads on Mars is being perpared to determine if it can replicate the conditions it will face as it enters the martian atmosphere. Credit: NASA JPL

Airbus Defence & Space conducts a drop test with its spaceplane prototype. Credit: Airbus Defence & Space

SpaceX has completed qualification testing for the SuperDraco thruster in April and May at its Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas. SuperDraco is intended for use with Dragon Version 2, a crewed version of the spacecraft SpaceX already uses to deliver cargo to and from the space station under a NASA contract signed in 2008. 

May 20, 2014, test of the Aegis Ashore Weapon System that launched an SM-3 Block 1B missile during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test from Kauai, Hawaii. Credit: Video courtesy of Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance

NASA Langley engineers are using a model of the Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser suborbital spacecraft to test out the design in wind tunnel tests. Credit: NASA Langley

Glaciologist Eric Rignot of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, narrates this satellite-based animation depicting the processes leading to the decline of six rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica. Credit: NASA JPL

NASA's Mangetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) is designed to observe the phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. To do so, MMS's four spacecraft will fly in a tetrahedron formation orbiting Earth. NASA Goddard scientist John Dorelli explains why. Credit: NASA Goddard

On May 1, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. sent its three-engine F9R vehicle 1,000 meters above its McGregor, Texas, test site before bringing it back down for a soft landing. Credit: SpaceX

Footage and commentary of Vega being prepared for its third flight and its first commercial flight, which it accomplished April 29.  Credit: ESA

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