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In Photos: Rocket Lab and Its Electron Booster

Electrons Up Close

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Electrons up close, on the production floor.

Electron Rocket Payload Fairings

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Payload fairings for Electron rockets.

Rocket Lab Manufacturing Facility

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Another view of the manufacturing facility.

Rocket Lab Mission Control

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The mission control center at Rocket Lab's newly unveiled New Zealand facility.

Rocket Lab Launches First Electron Rocket

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The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab's first Electron rocket launches into space from Mahia peninsula in New Zealand on May 25, 2017. The two-stage Electron is designed to launch small satellites into orbit.

Rocket Lab Launch Facility

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Rocket Lab's private launch facility on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand.

Electron Rocket Ahead of Test Flight

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An Electron rocket being set up on the launchpad at the Rocket Lab launch facility in New Zealand, ahead of the "Still Testing" test launch.

Rocket Lab's 1st Electron Rocket

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Rocket Lab's first Electron rocket, seen here in a hangar at the company's New Zealand launch site.

Rocket Lab Test Firing Second Stage

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Rocket Lab performs a test firing of the second stage of its Electron rocket.

Rocket Lab Electron Rocket

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The second stage of the Rocket Lab Electron rocket. A new influx of funding will allow the company to increase production of the Electron.

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Mike Wall
Mike Wall

Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with Space.com (opens in new tab) and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.