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NASA's current missions

Current missions

Many of NASA's ongoing missions are very high profile: the Hubble telescope, the Mars Rover, and the shuttle program are just a few. But NASA directs upwards of seventy missions, studying everything from the ocean depths of Earth to the deepest reaches of space.

This gallery will look at a few of the lesser known missions in the works. The picure above is of the Ares 1-X launch rocket, due to test launch in the summer of 2009 as part of the Constellation Program.

Credit: NASA

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