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New York Times Space and Cosmos News

  1. Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings
    The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.
  2. Plumes From Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Hint That It Could Support Life
    Data from the Cassini spacecraft suggest that hydrothermal vents could provide ingredients for microbes or other forms of alien life to exist.
  3. A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life
    The planet, about 40 light years from Earth, is close enough that astronomers hope they will someday be able to probe its atmosphere for signs of water or other evidence of suitability for life.
  4. Trilobites: Photos of Jupiter From NASA Spacecraft, Both Near and Far
    The Juno space probe and the Hubble Space Telescope recorded new images of Jupiter that will help scientists study the solar system’s largest planet.
  5. Jeff Bezos Says He Is Selling $1 Billion a Year in Amazon Stock to Finance Race to Space
    Standing with a reusable booster and a model of a capsule for carrying humans into space, the billionaire disclosed that he had been financing his rocket company by selling shares in his company.
  6. SpaceX Launches a Satellite With a Partly Used Rocket
    The use of a rocket booster that had flown once before may open an era of cheaper space travel, particularly for business ventures like satellite companies.
  7. Recycled Rockets Could Drop Costs, Speed Space Travel
    Reusing boosters are not a new idea, but SpaceX proved on Thursday the technology works. It may be a faster gateway to the solar system.
  8. Flecks of Extraterrestrial Dust, All Over the Roof
    A jazz musician from Norway hunted bits of cosmic debris for eight years and found it everywhere. Turns out, tons of it land every day.
  9. Out There: Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
    A small discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number has fostered a debate about just how well we know the cosmos.
  10. Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women
    Dr. Rubin, who was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1993, ushered in the cosmic realization that most of the universe is invisible.
  11. Asteroid Misses Earth Narrowly, by Cosmic Standards
    The asteroid, 2014 JO25, which is approximately 2,000 feet end-to-end, was about 1.1 million miles away when it passed by on Wednesday morning.
  12. Out There: ‘Genius’ Unravels the Mysteries of Einstein’s Universe
    A new series on the National Geographic Channel introduces viewers to the man behind the cuddly accent and the curvatures of space-time.


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