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  1. SpaceX’s Secret Satellite Mission May Have Failed. What Happened?
    Rumors are that an expensive, classified mission code-named “Zuma” failed to deploy in orbit and is now lost. Will we ever find out what actually happened?
  2. John Young, Who Led First Space Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87
    Mr. Young also walked on the moon and was the only astronaut to fly in the Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs.
  3. Ukraine’s Lofty Ambitions, Fallen to Earth
    Signs of the country’s space-age glory are everywhere, and Ukrainians are determined to hold on to their scientific traditions.
  4. Rocket Launches and Trips to the Moon We’re Looking Forward To in 2018
    The launch of a new rocket by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and moon landings by India, China and private companies could occur this year, but no one is sure when.
  5. Out There: U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?
    Astronomers have their noses pressed against the windows of the unknown, wanting to believe in life elsewhere just like many outer space enthusiasts.
  6. Finalists in NASA’s Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser
    The missions, known as Dragonfly and Caesar, were selected from a dozen proposals made in the agency’s New Frontiers competition.
  7. Trilobites: An 8th Planet Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star, With A.I.’s Help
    A Google neural network analyzed data collected by NASA and helped astronomers detect another planet around a star some 2,500 light years away.
  8. Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program
    The shadowy program began in 2007 and was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, who has had a longtime interest in space phenomena.
  9. A Glimpse of Oumuamua
    Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.
  10. Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination
    The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.
  11. If No One Owns the Moon, Can Anyone Make Money Up There?
    Ambiguities in the 50-year-old Outer Space Treaty may be getting in the way of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities elsewhere in our solar system.
  12. LIGO Detects Fierce Collision of Neutron Stars for the First Time
    Seen and heard, the fireball is a stunning breakthrough into kilonovas, bursts of energy believed to produce metals like gold and uranium in the universe.
  13. Cassini Is Gone. Here Are the Next Space Missions to Watch Out For.
    Now that Cassini has gone out in a blaze of glory, here's our guide to cosmic missions over the next decade that you should get excited about now.
  14. Fireball Cuts Through the Sky Over Michigan as Meteor Falls
    Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop almost like a light bulb burning out.
  15. Trilobites: If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad
    College students at Villanova University found that hops, leafy greens, carrots and scallions all could grow in an approximation of Martian dirt.
  16. Q&A: Eyes in the Skies
    Instead of sending probes to faraway planets, why not hitch them to comets?
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