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April 2012 - Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is positioned beneath Space Shuttle Discovery in the mate-demate device at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The orbiter was mated to the modified 747 for its flight to Washington, DC on April NASA Photo:

The capsule will travel about 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers) from Earth, then zoom back again at high speeds in order to test various systems, including its heat shielding and resistance to radiation.

NASA's First Orion Spacecraft Test Flight Explained (Infographic) [Space Future

Graphic by Karl Tate/Space.com. It was 50 years ago when people first flew in space. Here’s an infographic that shows you the spacecraft humans have flown to reach that great void over the past half-century.

50 Years In Space: Was It Worth It? [INFOGRAPHIC & POLL]

Spaceships of the World: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight (I like the subtitle on this infographic - vehicles of the 'early' space age. It provides some perspective).

Northrop XB-35

Northrop Aircraft’s newest airplane, the Flying Wing Bomber, is positioned for its first taxiing tests at Northrop Field in Hawthorne, California. May via HRC

See how NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, a huge space observatory, will probe the universe from its perch in deep space.

While NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will be capable of finding signs of life on nearby exoplanets after its 2018 launch, a bona fide hunt for aliens beyond Earth's neighborhood will require even bigger instruments, experts say.

Slingshot Mission Around Mars (infographic)

The Inspiration Mars mission is Space tourist Dennis Tito's daring proposal to send a man and a woman on a space flight around the planet Mars and back. See the full infographic and get an embed code.

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