NASA had been kicking around the idea of a reusable orbiter spacecraft before it even completed the Apollo project. But it took until January 5, 1972—forty years ago today—for President Richard Nixon to announce the full-scale development of this iconic spacecraft.
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This close-up of the rough terrain near Mars' Zilair Crater was snapped by the High Resolution (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on August 3. It's one of several amazing new images that make for some beautiful desktop wallpaper.