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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

NASA's Woven Thermal Protection System (WTPS) is a technology development project designed to test heat-shielding TPS materials using weaving technology. Credit: NASA

Nathalie Leys from ESA's Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative team talks about some of the work being done on life support systems, including cultivating an edible bacterial algae that also will bring oxygen into the environment. Credit: ESA

High-resolution video of the April 14-15 blood Moon lunar eclipse by a student astronomer taken from Tierra Del Sol, Calif. 1032 images were captured during a five-hour period. Credit: Maxwell Palau

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