NASA launched spy satellites on the space shuttle, but that shouldn't be a shock

NASA and the U.S. military weave a tangled web. 

Ostensibly, NASA is run by civilians. Its astronauts aren't active duty service members and NASA officials aren't military either. However, if you examine the history of the space agency, it becomes clear that the reality is more complicated.

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According to a report by Matt Novak at Gizmodo, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) — the secretive intelligence organization...

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