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  1. NASA’s TESS Satellite Spots ‘Missing Link’ Exoplanets
    Halfway through its first tour of the local universe, the spacecraft has found a “Super Earth” and two “sub-Neptunes.”
  2. LightSail-2 Mission Shows Solar Sailing’s Potential for Spaceflight
    The spacecraft’s controllers on Earth succeeded in steering the spacecraft, demonstrating that mylar sails could be used for propulsion.
  3. When a Mega-Tsunami Drowned Mars, This Spot May Have Been Ground Zero
    The 75-mile-wide crater could be something like a Chicxulub crater for the red planet.
  4. For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap
    President Trump is only the latest to propose returning to the moon and then heading to Mars. But he faces the burdens of history to accomplish what his predecessors could not.
  5. Hawaiian Elders Protesting Telescope Construction Are Arrested
    When completed, the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea’s summit is expected to be the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere. But its construction has drawn heated opposition.
  6. To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias
    The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. But NASA can learn from its failures as it aims to send women to the moon and beyond.
  7. For Apollo 11 He Wasn’t on the Moon. But His Coffee Was Warm.
    Michael Collins kept an orbital vigil during Neil’s and Buzz’s moonwalk, but he really didn’t feel that lonely.
  8. Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Lands on Asteroid It Blasted a Hole In
    The robotic probe attempted to collect a sample scattered from a crater made on the surface of the space rock Ryugu in April.
  9. With a Poof, Mars Methane Is Gone
    Last week, NASA’s Curiosity rover detected a belch of natural gas on the red planet. The gas has since dissipated, leaving only a mystery.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Perseid Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
    Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.
  13. It’s the Anniversary of Everything!
    What is this ceaseless looking backward?
  14. Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies
    Also called the Southern Delta Aquariids, the shower can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.
  15. ‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy
    Mr. Armstrong was averse to cashing in on his celebrity. But as the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approached, his sons began auctioning off his memorabilia.
  16. Neil Armstrong’s Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement
    The astronaut’s sons contended that incompetent medical care had cost him his life, and threatened to go public. His widow says she wanted no part of the payout.
  17. Five Women Who Made the Moon Landing Possible
    That “giant leap for mankind” happened thanks to plenty of women.
  18. LightSail 2 Unfurls, Next Step Toward Space Travel by Solar Sail
    The Planetary Society deployed LightSail 2, aiming to further demonstrate the potential of the technology for space propulsion.
  19. Christopher Kraft, NASA Mission Control’s Founding Father, Dies at 95
    He directed the first piloted orbital flights, orchestrated spacewalks, oversaw the first lunar landing and led the space center in Houston.
  20. Why Are Native Hawaiians Protesting Against a Telescope?
    Demonstrators blocking construction of a major scientific project on Hawaii’s highest mountain have started to attract support across the country. Here’s what you need to know.


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