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  1. What Happened to Earth’s Ancient Craters? Scientists Seek Clues on the Moon’s Pocked Surface
    The pace of space rocks pummeling Earth and the moon was relatively infrequent, but then doubled or tripled for unknown reasons, a new study finds.
  2. What We’ve Learned About Ultima Thule From NASA’s New Horizons Mission
    The team that manages the spacecraft will have to wait 20 months for all of the data and images it recorded, but they have reported some early findings.
  3. The Far Side of the Moon: What China and the World Hope to Find
    The side of the moon we never see from Earth contains secrets about our solar system’s early days, and it could help astronomers see the universe more clearly.
  4. SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force
    The private company, which aims to send humans to Mars, will have about 6,000 employees remaining after the companywide layoffs.
  5. Rocket Launches, Trips to the Moon and More Space and Astronomy Events in 2019
    A busy year in space just ended, and this one will be full of new highlights in orbit and beyond.
  6. A Journey Into the Solar System’s Outer Reaches, Seeking New Worlds to Explore
    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will visit a tiny and mysterious object in the Kuiper belt on Tuesday, seeking clues to the formation of our cosmic neighborhood.
  7. Out There: Apollo 8’s Earthrise: The Shot Seen Round the World
    Half a century ago today, a photograph from the moon helped humans rediscover Earth.
  8. Trilobites: It’s the Solar System’s Most Distant Object. Astronomers Named It Farout.
    Orbiting 11 billion miles from the sun, this tiny world offers additional clues in the search for the proposed Planet Nine.
  9. It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite
    Orbiting instruments are now so small they can be launched by the dozens, and even high school students can build them.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon: Photos From Around the World
    Photographers captured scenes in the skies as the Earth’s shadow covered the moon.
  13. The Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon: How to Watch It Tonight
    You don’t really need to call it a “Super Blood Wolf Moon.”
  14. China’s Moon Landing: Lunar Rover Begins Its Exploration
    Reaction in China to the landing was muted — a sign that the novelty of space missions has faded. But it also appeared to reflect political and economic anxieties.
  15. The Quadrantids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
  16. ‘New Chapter’ in Space Exploration as China Reaches Far Side of the Moon
    It was China’s second moon landing, and the first spacecraft to touch down on the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth.


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