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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

Google Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) Project Tango team is collaborating with NASA Ames Research Center's Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) program. Project Tango is developing 3-D tracking and sensing technology within its Google Android phones. The phone senses its motion as its being handled while also mapping its environment. SPHERES consists of three free-flying satellites onboard the international space station used to test various hardware and software. Credit: Google ATAP

The heir to SpaceX's Grasshopper vertical-take-off and -landing launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 Resuable (F9R) on its first test flight April 17. Footage taken from a hexacopter drone as F9R lifts off to a height of approximately 250 meters, hovers and then lands. Credit: SpaceX

Time-lapse video of Sentinel-1A being prepared for launch on a Europeanized Soyuz to its April 3 lift off. Credit: ESA — S. Corvaja, M. Pedoussaut

Mike Meacham, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explains a tests for a low-density supersonic decelerator (LDSD) vehicle test, which uses a parachute concept that would be applied to slow craft heading in to Mars. Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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