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He noted that his firm was building a solar-powered drive to power the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe, which the agency plans to launch to "go beyond the orbit of Jupiter" and rendezvous with a comet.
The 18 space probes featured on the album are not limited to NASA and JPL, but also include probes from the former Soviet Union, Europe and Japan.
The material may be used in building solar-cell power plants for space stations, and tiny rugged electronic parts for missiles, satellites and space probes of the future.
Future space probes may fly on streams of ions, communicate via inflatable antennas and, in general, cost about as much per mission as Hollywood spends on two big-screen space operas.
Other ASME landmarks include the Saturn rocket, Voyager space probes and Edison phonograph.
It will contain musical interpretations of select space probes of achievement.
Pioneer IV, which will be officially named Artificial Planet Two, was the last of a series of five lunar and space probes authorized by President Eisenhower last March.
BOX: CASSINI: Last of the big, expensive space probes
Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, David Fernandez-Remolar, Jose Antonio Rodriguez-Manfredi, and Susanna Manrubia, from the Center for Astrobiology, National Institute for Aerospace Techniques--Superior Council for Scientific Research, in Madrid Spain, and Franck Selsis, from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France,combined information gathered from recent space probes and evidence-driven hypotheses to devise a model to explain the formation of spiders on the martian surface.
Since then, people have been to the moon and back, sent space probes to Mars and Saturn, and constructed an international space station.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the sprawling Jet Propulsion Laboratory campus is a lab where scientists are working to shrink future planetary space probes to the size of a microwave oven.