Astronomy Picture of the Day

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July 2, 1996

NASA's Latest Rockets: X-33
Credit: Vehicle Analysis Branch, LARC, NASA

Explanation: What will NASA rockets look like in the future? Today's announcement gave one indication. Today Vice- President Al Gore announced that the Lockheed Martin Corporation will work with NASA to produce a reusable rocket with a remote pilot. Currently designated the X-33 program, the flight demonstration rocket design will utilize only a single stage, cost relatively little per launch, and be ready for re-launch within days. It is expected that an X-33 type rocket will be in use by NASA by the the year 2000. Pictured above is an artistic depiction of the candidate vehicle.

Tomorrow's picture: Superbubbles in the LMC

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