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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Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics (USNI photo)
The annual American Meteorological
Society (AMS) conference met recently in Phoenix. Credit: AMS via Flickr
Iridium Communications completed deployment of its Iridium Next constellation with the Jan. 11
launch of the final 10 satellites in the
system. The constellation consists
of 66 operational satellites and nine
on-orbit spares. Credit: Thales Alenia Space Artist's Concept
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson speaks after accepting the military space Government Leader of the Year award at the 2nd Annual SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation on Dec. 3 in Washington. Credit: Lisa Nipp for SpaceNews
Photo shows SpaceX's launch of the Es'hail-2 satellite for Es'hailSat on Nov. 15, 2018. Credit: SpaceX.
China will attempt to land the Chang’e-4 lunar lander on the moon’s farside in January. Credit: 
Chinese Academy of Sciences illustration
Morgan Stanley projects that the establishment of  a U.S. Space Force could help boost privately held SpaceX's valuation high as $120 billion. Cowen Washington Research Group is less optimistic that Trump's call for a Space Force will dramatically boost space spending.
Astrobotic Technology Peregrine 1 lander concept. Credit: Astrobotic Technology
ESA Director General Jan Woerner speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, in October. Credit: IAF via Flickr
A year after President Donald Trump formally directed NASA to return humans to the moon in Space Policy Directive (SPD) 1, the agency has developed the outlines of a plan to carry that out, while emphasizing the language in the policy to do so in a “sustainable” manner and with international and commercial partners. Credit: NASA illustration

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