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DARPA's Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) seeks to enable much faster discovery and tracking of previously unseen, hard-to-find small objects in geosynchronous orbits. The SST will soon move from its current mountaintop location in New Mexico, where the system underwent operational testing and evaluation, to Australia, where it will provide key space situational awareness from the southern hemisphere—an area of the geosynchronous belt that is still largely unexplored. Credit: DARPA

China's lunar probe Chang'e 3 landing on the Moon. Credit: China Network Television via SpaceVidsNet

Inmarsat-5 F1 has been reported healthy in orbit and sending signals to ground stations. Credit: ILS courtesy of SpaceVidsnet

Blue Origin’s BE-3 engine test. Credit: NASA

Comet ISON, which began its journey from the Oort Cloud some 3 million years ago, made its closest approach to the sun on Nov. 28, 2013. The comet was visible in instruments on NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, and the joint European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO. Credit: NASA

NASA's Firefly mission, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, will study the possible relationship between Earth lightning and gamma ray emmissions. By using a cubesat, the Firefly mission provides a low-cost approach to high-quality, highly targeted science. It was among the 29 satellites launched Nov. 19 on the Minotaur 1 rocket from Wallops Island, Va. Credit: NASA Goddard

The U.S Air Force successfully launched an experimental Defense Department satellite and 28 secondary payloads Nov. 19 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Credit: NASA TV

A Sept. 25, 2013, presentation from MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, about the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.  MAVEN will investigate how Mars became the desolate planet that is now. Credit: NASA TV

A summarization of some of the digital design technicques and prefabrication methods NASA engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center are using in their day-to-day work. Credit: NASA Marshall

A curtain-raiser on the capabilites of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the primary sensor on the next-generation U.S. geostationary GOES-R satellites. Credit: NASA

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