The Demo-1 mission ended March 8 with a successful undocking from the ISS followed, six hours later, by a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, in view of SpaceX recovery ships. Credit: NASA
The viability of commercial space stations such as the proposed Axiom Station depend on the availability of commercial crew transportation and the retirement of the International Space Station. Credit: Axiom Space illustration
A close up of a Ruag automated potting machine used in satellite panel manufacturing. Credit: Ruag Space
Nicolas Chamussy, Airbus Defence and Space’s executive vice president of space systems, said building the OneWeb satellites required a complete rethink of how to design a satellite with an emphasis on repeatability. Credit: OneWeb Satellites
The first of OneWeb’s 21 Soyuz launches took place Feb. 27, carrying the first six OneWeb satellites into low Earth orbit. Subsequent missions are expected to carry 30 or more satellites at a time to build out a minimum constellation of 648 satellites. Credit: Arianespace
Artist’s concept of the NTS-1, NTS-2 and NTS-3 satellites. NTS-3, right, is the U.S. military’s first Navigation Technology Satellite in 40 years. Credit: Lt. Jacob Lutz, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
If outer space is the "final frontier," the private commercialization of low Earth orbit — about 100-1,200 miles up — could become the new Wild West if we're not careful. Credit: Charles Marion Russell
The U.S.-European SOHO satellite has provided a nearly continuous record of solar and heliospheric phenomena since 1996. Credit: ESA artist's concept
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, stands in front of a New Shepard capsule and booster at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in
April 2017. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
rocket lifts off Feb. 6 on its maiden launch carrying a Tesla Roadster on a Mars-bound trajectory. Credit: SpaceX
NASA Ames Research Center
Intelsat's order of the Galaxy-30 satellite from Orbital ATK in January marked a fast start to what was ultimately a slow year for manufacturers. Credit: Northrop Grumman
The Pentagon with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background. Credit: Air Force Senior Airman Perry Aston
Russia has labored for years to bring its new Vostochny Cosmodrome online. In the early morning hours of Dec. 24, a key milestone was passed with the rollout of the spaceport's first semi-commercial launch. The launch went off perfectly Dec. 27, but many questions about the future of the launch facility — intended to replace the Baikonur Cosmodrome — linger amid economic turmoil and shifting priorities for the Russian space program. Credit: Matthew Bodner for SpaceNews
The Thirty Meter Telescope is one of two extremely large ground based telescopes under development by university consortia that are expected to fill a gap between James Webb Space Telescope and its eventual successor. However, astronomers who are not part of the consortia won’t be able to use them. Credit: TMT International Observatory

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