June 2012 - Featured Missions
Space Shuttle Retirement
_NASA receives two NRO Spy Telescopes
_The US National Reconnaissance Office handed two telescopes over to NASA that were originally built to collect intelligence for the U.S. government. Ownership of the telescopes was handed to NASA in August 2011, but the agency did not reveal the transfer until Monday, June 4. These telescopes could enable NASA to build a satellite to detect extrasolar planets and study the nature of dark energy. Originally designed to observe targets on Earth, NASA conducted an extensive examination of the hardware to assess whether it can be used for a different mission profile, peering into deep space instead of surveillance targets on Earth.