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This artist's-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA's Psyche mission near the mission's target, the metal asteroid Psyche. The artwork was created in May 2017 to show the five-panel solar arrays planned for the spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA Mission to Intriguing Metal Asteroid Moves Forward

Psyche spacecraft seeks to identify if object in main belt is the core of a past planet.

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The Russian space station Mir as Space Shuttle Discovery pulls closer for the first rendezvous in a program that would eventually include nine docking missions. Credit: NASA/JSC
This Month in NASA History: Discovery Arrives at Mir

Mission improved communications and set stage for docking missions to come. 

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In this illustration, NASA's Mars 2020 rover uses its drill to core a rock sample on Mars. Those samples, stored in hermetically sealed tubes, are the first step of the Mars Sample Return Campaign. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA and ESA Partner to Return Core Samples from Mars

Intricate, robotic space mission could hold key to decades of scientific discovery.

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Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley test robotics software on an engineering prototype of NASA’s VIPER rover. Credit: NASA/Dominic Hart
Progress Continues on Rover to Explore for Water Ice on Moon

VIPER will map a portion of the lunar surface and drill into suspected pockets of water ice. 

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The Space Shuttle Columbia launches before dawn on January 12, 1986 with a tight-knit crew that deployed a key communications satellite. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Columbia Launches on STS-61-C

Tight-knit crew deploys a key communications satellite and performs science missions.

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APPEL’s new Space Shuttle Resources page contains links to hundreds to key documents, videos, photos, and more about the Space Shuttle Program and the lessons learned for today’s technical workforce. Here, Space Shuttle Discovery launches on STS-120 to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
APPEL KS Creates New Resource for Shuttle Era Research, Learning

Web page links to hundreds of documents that detail the triumphs and tragedies of the Shuttle Program. 

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The Hayabusa2 spacecraft is a modified version of the Hayabusa design. Credit: NASA
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Recovers Asteroid Sample in Australia

NASA and JAXA will share samples of asteroids to advance scientific discovery.

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Gemini VII as seen from Gemini VI-A during the more than five hours of maneuvering the astronauts performed during the first spacecraft rendezvous. The two spacecraft are approximately 43 feet apart at this point, eventually closing to about one foot apart. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Gemini VII Becomes A Pilot’s Mission

Borman, Lovell set record for space endurance and rendezvous with Gemini VI-A.

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