It's the 5th anniversary of the United States Space Force, but what does it do?

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of the United States Space Force, but many are still unfamiliar with its mission. If you're one of them, check out this deep dive into the USSF's mission and why its work is so critical to our day-to-day lives.

An infographic on the United States Space Force

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Whether it's providing early warning systems for dangerous weather or managing GPS satellites, the United States Space Force has its eye on the sky, preparing to handle whatever comes next. Learn more at

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  • Cisventure Astronot
    How does one secure their "interests in, from and to space" without weaponizing it? Something tells me you won't be "Always Above" that.

    Also, "", really? You couldn't use a ".mil", ".gov", or even a ".us"? You're an armed force of the United States of America, So please use a top-level domain that's slightly more prestigious than ".com".
  • Unclear Engineer
    I expect that the ".com" domain is for external PR purposes, and is intentionally not the same domain where the Space Force internal business is conducted. That makes sense from a security perspective.