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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

Chris Ferguson, former NASA astronaut and Boeing's director of Crew Missions System for its CST-100 space taxi, talks about the program and its possible implications for the United States to return to low Earth orbit on its own. Credit: Boeing

Original moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is putting together a video project of people's testimonials about the Apollo 11 Moon landing for the 45th anniversary on July 20th. He launched a social media campaign which includes a YouTube Channel, #Apollo45. This is the inital part of that project. Credit: Buzz Aldrin Enterprises

South Korea's Defense Minister nominee Han Min-koo says he plans to install the country's indigenous missile defense system, known as the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD), as soon as possible to counter any North Korean threats. South Korea currently deploys the Patriot-3 system as a high-altitude defense shield. Credit: Arirang News

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson play a friendly game of futbol on the ISS during their time off. Credit: NASA

In this six-minute video, Duke University students Emily Briere and Jon Tidd describe Time Capsule to Mars, a $25 million crowdfunded effort announced June 23, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington. Produced by SpaceNews.com.

NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, set to launch in July, will measure global measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It also will observe how certain regions and certain plants absorb carbon. Credit: NASA

SpaceNews staff writer Dan Leone appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal program Saturday, June 14. He answered audience questions during a wide-ranging discussion that touched on the NASA budget, the Commercial Crew Program, and of course, Planet X and extraterrestrial intelligence. Credit: C-SPAN

ESA and SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Haliwell help explain how geostationary telecom satellites broadcast the World Cup around the world. Credit: ESA


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