Picture of the Day: Special Delivery to the U.S. Space Program

By Rebecca J. Rosen

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On the average day, the images NASA shares on its website or the photo-sharing site Flickr are of space. But not this one -- a humorous reminder that before we get those gorgeous images of faraway galaxies, there is the more this-worldly logistics of building and carefully transporting the hardware that captures the data. The above box arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, decked out with exhortations to "Handle with extreme care." Inside, a "critical space item" -- a high gain antenna for a new satellite currently under construction.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: NASA.

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