The engine in the photo, blue with the glow of xenon gas, is being considered to become a part of NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Initiative, a proposed program to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it to a stable orbit around Earth.
Student Proves Earth is Surrounded by Freaky Plasma Rings - theory was that there might be enormous bodies of plasma moving about Earth in a series of rings aligned with our magnetic poles, though none could prove it.
The ADvanced Expendable Launcher with INnovative engine Economy (Adeline) from Airbus Defence and Space would preserve the main engines and avionics of the company's next generation Ariane 6 and other launch vehicles, for use in later missions.
Funding for the Giant Magellan Telescope has now been confirmed. The largest optical telescope ever built, it is slated to have a resolution capability ten times greater than Hubble, despite being based on Earth.