Laser guns, light sabers and Battlestar Galactica. This is what many late-night comedians imagined when President Trump first mentioned establishing a U.S. Space Force back in March 2018.
The secretive Boeing X-37, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is a reusable robotic aircraft whose most recent mission, Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 5 (OTV-5), was launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on September 7, 2017.
NASA is by far the most well-funded, well-developed space agency on the planet. Even as its budget — relative to total U.S. tax income — has continually been reduced over the decades since the Apollo era, NASA still receives several times the funding of its largest international competitors.
This week in 1970 the Soviet Union launched the last spacecraft of its Zond (Russian for “probe”) program. Known as Zond 8, the spacecraft was sent to take images of the lunar surface.