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  1. 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?”
  2. 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.
  3. Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)
    Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.
  4. Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s Acting Administrator, to Retire as Trump’s Nominee Is Stalled
    Mr. Lightfoot has filled in since the end of the Obama administration. The agency has never gone this long without a leader confirmed by the Senate.
  5. When Stars Were Born: Earliest Starlight’s Effects Are Detected
    Using a telescope in Australia, astronomers say they have glimpsed farther back in time than the Hubble Telescope to see what was happening when the first stars were forming.
  6. Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray
    The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.
  7. Trilobites: He Took a Picture of a Supernova While Setting Up His New Camera
    Astronomers rarely see the beginnings of these explosions, but an Argentine amateur’s lucky picture helped them study the start of a massive star’s violent death.
  8. NASA Budgets for a Trip to the Moon, but Not While Trump Is President
    The administration sees a greater role for the private sector in returning to the moon and running the International Space Station, which it would stop financing in 2025.
  9. 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.
  10. The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won.
    None of the remaining competitors for the $20 million award will be able to get off the ground by March 31, a deadline that had already been extended multiple times.
  11. 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.
  12. A Glimpse of Oumuamua
    Astronomers have discovered a passing rock from another star — the first interstellar asteroid.
  13. 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.
  14. Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly Are Still Identical Twins, Despite What You May Have Read
    A rash of news stories this week stemmed from a misinterpreted NASA update from January.
  15. Stephen Hawking, Pop Culture Icon
    Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists of our time, died on Wednesday. He is immortalized by his brilliant research, but also by his pop culture appearances.
  16. The Expansive Life of Stephen Hawking
    Dr. Hawking captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world with his exploration of black holes and gravity.
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