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  1. Trilobites: NASA’s TESS Starts Collecting Planets
    The satellite, launched in April, has already identified at least 73 stars that may harbor exoplanets, most of them new to astronomers.
  2. Meet SpaceX’s First Moon Voyage Customer, Yusaku Maezawa
    Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese fashion entrepreneur, and several artists would follow a looping path around the moon aboard a new rocket. When the flight might occur is uncertain.
  3. With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage
    Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.
  4. U.S., Russia Respond to Space Station Leak Rumors
    After speaking for the first time, Jim Bridenstine of NASA and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, set out to reaffirm cooperation on orbital matters.
  5. Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to ‘Touch the Sun’
    The spacecraft, which NASA says will “touch the sun,” was carried from the launchpad atop three columns of flame early on Sunday morning.
  6. Trilobites: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit
    The mission’s scientists were pleasantly surprised that the camera aboard the robotic probe could see the Kuiper belt object, known as 2014 MU69, so soon and from so far.
  7. Overlooked No More: Ruby Payne-Scott, Who Explored Space With Radio Waves
    Payne-Scott helped establish the field of radio astronomy by using radio waves to detect solar bursts, but she was forced to resign after she got married.
  8. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Is Named for Him. 60 Years Ago, No One Believed His Ideas About the Sun.
    Eugene N. Parker predicted the existence of solar wind in 1958. The NASA spacecraft is the first named for a living person.
  9. A Large Body of Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life
    The discovery suggests that the liquid conditions beneath the icy southern polar cap may have provided one of the critical building blocks for life on the red planet.
  10. Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks
    Two years ago, NASA dismissed and mocked an amateur’s criticisms of its asteroids database. Now Nathan Myhrvold is back, and his papers have passed peer review.
  11. An Appraisal: Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live
    The cosmologist not only overturned our imaginations, he became an icon of mystery, curiosity and determination to understand this place we are in.
  12. As the Ice Melts, NASA Will Be Watching
    The new ICESat-2, set to launch on Saturday, can measure changes in the planet’s ice that are less than the width of a pencil.
  13. Corporate Sponsors for NASA? Agency to Study Making Space for Brands
    In an era of flat budgets for the agency, Jim Bridenstine has started talking about corporate sponsorships for NASA missions.
  14. Trilobites: New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’
    A high resolution terrain map of Earth’s frozen continent will help researchers better track changes on the ice as the planet warms.
  15. These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.
    Museum conservators are racing to figure out how to preserve modern artworks and historical objects that are disintegrating.
  16. Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows
    Researchers don’t know whether the ice water runs deep, like the tips of buried icebergs, or is as thin as a layer of frost.
  17. Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers
    Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said they were “converging on the truth” in an experiment to understand hydrogen in its liquid metallic state.

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