While NASA  is placed on the back burner due to U.S. President Barack Obama 's plan to cut the agency's planetary science funding , its private counterpart SpaceX  has been green-lit to return to space.
The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions to the company: DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2). The missions will be launched on SpaceX's Falcon vehicles in 2014 and 2015, respectively, according to a release .
For more on the mission, check out the video above.
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December 10, 2012