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The NanoRacks Bishop airlock is pictured after its was installed to the port side of the Tranquility module and still attached to the Canadarm2 robotic arm.


The first-stage booster of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flies down to a landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California during the launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich mission. The Falcon 9 carrying the satellite lifted off from Vandenberg's Space Launch Complex 4 on Nov. 21, 2020, at 9:17 a.m. PST (12:17 p.m. EST).


The Astrobotic CubeRover traverses the terrain in the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory regolith bin at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 10, 2020.


The first commercially funded airlock for the International Space Station is packed in the Cargo Dragon spacecraft's trunk in October 2020 for its ride to the International Space Station on SpaceX's 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) mission.


The remaining time-sensitive payloads bound for the International Space Station on SpaceX's 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) mission are loaded into the Cargo Dragon spacecraft on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.


Boeing technicians install back shells on the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) Starliner crew module inside the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on December 2, 2020.


Observations conducted by the Murikabushi Telescope of Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory confirmed that dark coating can reduce satellite reflectivity by half.


NASA and Boeing have completed Starliner's last parachute balloon drop test ending a reliability campaign that will help strengthen the spacecraft's landing system ahead of crewed flights to and from the International Space Station.