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Reflections in the Orion Nebula - M78

This image of the reflection nebula Messier 78 was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This colour picture was created from many monochrome exposures taken through blue, yellow/green and red filters, supplemented by exposures through a filter that isolates light from glowing hydrogen gas.

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NASA’s New Heavy-Lift Rocket Will Be Ready For Launch By 2018

NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket designed for deep space exploration will be ready for its first flight no later than 2018 agency and is expected to cost $7 billion through the first launch officials announced Wednesday after completing a key review.

The Space Launch System is the rocket NASA has been designing to carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit and eventually to Mars. It is intended to replace the space shuttle fleet, which was retired in 2011. Passing the review, known as Key Decision Point C, is something NASA said “no other exploration class vehicle has achieved since the agency built the space shuttle.”

NASA maintains that the first test flight of the SLS could happen as early as 2017, but that the agency is committed to having the rocket ready for launch by the end of 2018. The space agency is now moving forward from the formulation stage to the development of the heavy-lift rocket.

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Sam is afraid. And why wouldn’t he be? He’s just been told that his home, Section 6 of the Orion Torus, is going to be destroyed within days. Encoded messages like this have been sent to people all across the ship by members of the underground dissidents; could this just be a ploy to rain instability on government control? Or is there a deeper meaning behind this information? In the back of his mind, one fact repeats itself: this message was given to him and only him… 

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