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  1. Alien Asteroids Are Here, Scientists Say. Get Used to Them.
    An asteroid that cohabits an orbit with Jupiter came from outside the solar system.
  2. New Dive Into Old Data Finds Plumes Erupt From Jupiter’s Moon Europa
    A re-examination of old data shows a NASA spacecraft may have flown through a plume in 1997. The plumes could offer hints of life on the ice-encrusted moon.
  3. Trilobites: A Very Hungry Black Hole Is Found, Gorging on Stars
    Astronomers in Australia say they have discovered a fast-growing black hole swallowing stars in a baby galaxy 12 billion light-years from here.
  4. Out There: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’
    The rerelease of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece encourages us to reflect again on where we’re coming from and where we’re going.
  5. A Helicopter on Mars? NASA Wants to Try
    The space agency’s next Martian rover, currently scheduled for a 2020 launch, is to carry a four-pound helicopter.
  6. NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Launches for Six-Month Journey
    Propelled by a predawn rocket launch from California on Saturday, the spacecraft will study the deep interior of the red planet, contributing to understanding of how planets form.
  7. NASA’s Webb Telescope Faces More Setbacks
    The space agency announced on Tuesday that its successor to the Hubble telescope has hit a series of testing snags, pushing back a planned launch next year.
  8. Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos
    A physicist and best-selling author, Dr. Hawking did not allow his physical limitations to hinder his quest to answer “the big question: Where did the universe come from?”
  9. 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.
  10. Falcon Heavy, in a Roar of Thunder, Carries SpaceX’s Ambition Into Orbit
    Elon Musk disrupted the business of sending rockets into space and has now achieved a milestone in spaceflight by launching the most powerful rocket currently operating in the world.
  11. A Glimpse of Oumuamua
    Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.
  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. As America Looks Inward, China Looks to Outer Space
    China’s launch of a satellite this week, part of a mission to the far side of the moon, is but one of its recent endeavors into space.
  14. Review: ‘The Most Unknown’ Tackles Science’s Big Questions
    The documentary interviews nine scientists in fields including astronomy and neuroscience, and asks them to reflect on their work.
  15. ScienceTake: How Asteroids May Have Brought Water to Earth
    It was thought that water bound up in asteroids would be lost in the intense heat of the impacts when they hit our planet. New experiments say no.
  16. David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies
    He helped explain the electric flow of superconductors and the churning matter inside collapsed stars, work that led to Nobel Prizes (but not for him).
  17. Trilobites: This Asteroid Shouldn’t Be Where Astronomers Found It
    Space rocks like 2004 EW95 are common between Mars and Jupiter. The discovery of the object near Neptune may provide insights into how the planets formed.
  18. Trilobites: Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle
    European astronomers released a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, the most detailed survey ever produced of our home galaxy.
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