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  1. Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, Launches Into Orbit, and Sticks Its Landings
    It was only the second flight for what is the most powerful rocket now available on Earth, improving on its spectacular test launch in 2018.
  2. Darkness Visible, Finally: Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of a Black Hole
    Astronomers at last have captured a picture of one of the most secretive entities in the cosmos.
  3. Should That Minor Planet Be Named Gonggong? Astronomers Want the Public’s Help
    Astronomers discovered the minor planet 2007 OR10 more than a decade ago. Now they’re asking the public to vote on what to submit as its official name.
  4. How Katie Bouman Accidentally Became the Face of the Black Hole Project
    The project included more than 200 researchers around the world, about 40 of them women, including Dr. Bouman.
  5. Moon Landing by Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Ends in Crash
    The spacecraft’s orbit of the moon was a first for a private effort, but the landing failure highlighted the risks of fast and cheap approaches to space exploration.
  6. What Is a Black Hole? Here’s Our Guide for Earthlings
    Welcome to the place of no return — a region in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape it. This is a black hole.
  7. A Gas Could Hint at Signs of Life on Mars. Why Hasn’t a New Spacecraft Found It?
    Two spacecraft have detected methane in the Martian air. But the Trace Gas Orbiter, with more sensitive instruments, has come up empty.
  8. Sealed Cache of Moon Rocks to Be Opened by NASA
    A half-century ago, three containers of lunar samples were set aside, to await study by more advanced technology. Their time has come.
  9. Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out
    For forty years, the physicist at U.C.L.A. has been uncovering the outer solar system’s secrets. Few scientists know more about the mysteries of Jupiter and its icy moons.
  10. Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon. To These Boys, He Was Just Dad.
    With an upcoming auction of the astronaut’s keepsakes, his sons reflect on an unusual childhood.
  11. The Lyrids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
    It can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.
  12. Geraldyn M. Cobb, Who Found a Glass Ceiling in Space, Dies at 88
    She was as qualified as any man to be an astronaut and passed all the tests, but NASA wasn’t interested in sending women into space in 1961.
  13. Critic’s Pick: Celestial Visions on the Met Roof
    High above Manhattan, Alicja Kwade’s planetary sculpture captures the music of the spheres.
  14. Owen Garriott, 88, an Early Scientist-Astronaut, Is Dead
    He was the science pilot on the record-breaking 59-day mission to Skylab in 1973. Ten years later, he returned to space on the shuttle Columbia.
  15. That First Black Hole Seen in an Image Is Now Called Pōwehi, at Least in Hawaii
    The word, which means “adorned fathomless dark creation,” is derived from the Kumulipo, a centuries-old Hawaiian creation chant, said a professor who helped with the naming.
  16. Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same.
    NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space.
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