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The Deep Space Optical Communications demonstration flight transceiver can be identified by its large tube-like sunshade on the Psyche spacecraft, shown here inside a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Photo Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA to Test Optical Communications for Deep Space

DSOC demonstration will ride aboard Psyche spacecraft.

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In this image from July 18, 2023, a NASA team helps attach solar arrays for the agency’s Psyche spacecraft onto a stand inside the Astrotech Space Operations Facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo Credits: NASA/Isaac Watson
Psyche Mission Prepares for October Launch

2.2-billion-mile journey to metal-rich asteroid tests new technology.

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Global images of Mars taken by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) during summer in the planet’s northern hemisphere. Between 1997 and 2006, MGS looked at Mars in unprecedented detail, building upon the successful Viking missions before it. Credits: NASA/USGS
This Month in NASA History: A Closer Look at Mars

Mars Global Surveyor examines the Red Planet in unprecedented detail.

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In this multi-temporal illumination map of the lunar South Pole, Shackleton crater is in the center, surrounded by larger craters and rugged terrain. The map was created with images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
The Moon’s Rugged, Intriguing South Pole

First landing marks the start of concentrated exploration.

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The Artemis II crew views the Orion crew module for their mission inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. From left, Jeremy Hansen, mission specialist; Victor Glover, pilot; Reid Wiseman, commander; and Christina Hammock Koch, mission specialist. Photo Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Artemis II Taking Shape at Kennedy Space Center

First crewed mission is crucial next step toward the Moon and Mars.

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Workers in the White Room at Launch Pad 19 help L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., left, and Charles “Pete” Conrad strap in to Gemini V. The two would share the record for longest spaceflight for about four months. Photo Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Gemini V Launches

Record-setting mission carries new technologies.

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NASA studies Earth with a fleet of more than two dozen satellite missions that gather data about land masses, ice prevalence, atmospheric conditions, oceans, and more. Image Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NASA Focuses on Value of Climate Work

Difficult summer highlights data NASA collects on Earth’s climate.

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In the early 1930s, astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky studied the Coma Cluster—shown here in an image obtained by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory—and discovered a puzzling inconsistency that led him to theorize the presence of dark matter. Photo Credit: NASA
Missions Focus on Dark Matter, Dark Energy

New telescopes designed to address pressing mysteries in astrophysics.

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Within days of the launch, Landsat 1 acquired an image of an astounding 81,000-acre fire burning in isolated, central Alaska. For the first time ever, scientists and resource management officials were able to see the full extent of damage from a fire in a single image while it was still burning. Photo Credit: NASA/USGS
This Month in NASA History: A Closer Look at Earth

Landsat 1 demonstrated the value of multispectral scanner technology.

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