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Space shuttle Enterprise is craned onto the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on June 6, 2012.

|| The Space Shuttle Discovery on its Mobile Launcher Platform slowly moves through the high bay doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building en route to Launch Pad 39A, where Discovery is scheduled to lift off on the STS-82 mission on Feb. 11. A seven-member crew will perform the second servicing of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the 10-day STS-82 mission.

Space Elevator Project Shoots for the Moon

Part of the space elevator concept that LiftPort Group hopes can shuttle cargo down to the moon.

An instrument deck for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission is readied for installation of instruments.

FILE - This Feb. 8, 2011 file image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows the X-37B during encapsulation within the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 5-meter fairing in Titusville, Fla. The unmanned Air F

A new NASA image based on satellite data shows that the extent of Arctic sea ice in September 2012 has hit a new record minimum, compared with the average minimum extent for the past 30 years.