NASA’s DAWN orbiter uses an ion engine to survey dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta. Astrophysicists and scientists launch a balloon carrying a 5,000-pound telescope into the stratosphere over Antarctica. NASA tests its Orion parachute system over an Army bomb range. A scientist examines rock samples and oxygen molecules to study the “Great Oxidation Event” of the Earth 2.5 billion years ago.

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