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  1. Rocket Lab’s Modest Launch Is Giant Leap for Small Rocket Business
    The company’s Electron rocket carried a batch of small commercial satellites from a launchpad in New Zealand, a harbinger of a major transformation to the space business.
  2. Trolling the Monster in the Heart of the Milky Way
    Something very large and dark occupies the center of our galaxy, and new data suggest that it is indeed a black hole.
  3. NASA’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt Says Good Night
    Launched in 2007, the spacecraft discovered bright spots on Ceres and forbidding terrain on Vesta.
  4. Russia Set to Resume Astronaut Trips to the International Space Station
    The announcement signals that the Soyuz spacecraft has been deemed safe for crewed travel following two astronauts’ harrowing emergency return to Earth in October.
  5. Kepler, the Little NASA Spacecraft That Could, No Longer Can
    After nine and a half years in orbit, 530,506 stars observed and 2,662 planets around other stars discovered, the telescope will be left to drift forever around the sun.
  6. Trilobites: A Volcanic Eruption on Mars? Nope
    It’s just a cloud. A very long cloud.
  7. How Many Space Stations Does This Planet Need?
    The Trump administration wants to shift to a capitalist free-for-all in orbit. But the readiness of commercial space outposts to take NASA’s place is far from certain.
  8. Out There: Stephen Hawking’s Final Paper: How to Escape From a Black Hole
    In a study from beyond the grave, the theoretical physicist sings (mathematically) of memory, loss and the possibility of data redemption.
  9. BepiColombo Launches on Long Journey to Mercury
    The European-Japanese spacecraft will be the third mission to the rocky planet closest to the sun.
  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. A Goblin World That Points Toward Hidden Planet Nine in the Solar System
    What astronomers have found about the curious orbit of a small ice world far away reinforces the idea that a large world is hidden out in the solar system.
  12. 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.
  13. Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars
    A monthlong visit to observatories in Chile, Hawaii and Los Angeles revealed spellbinding visions of the heavens.
  14. Hawaiian Supreme Court Approves Giant Telescope on Mauna Kea
    The court granted a building permit for a roughly $2 billion observatory, which activists had protested would further degrade the site of an ancient volcano.
  15. Remembering the Moon Landing, Nearly 50 Years Later: ‘We Were All Completely Silent’
    A new film, “First Man,” tells the story of Neil Armstrong’s stepping onto the moon in the summer of 1969. We asked readers to tell us what they remembered about that historic day.
  16. Why Does ‘First Man’ Say Gemini as ‘Geminee’? NASA Explains. Sorta.
    The pronunciation of the 1965-66 program is a space agency thing. Sometimes it was pronounced normally. NASA’s chief historian gives the back story.
  17. At War: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Surprising Alliance Between Astrophysicists and the Military
    Neil deGrasse Tyson on the relationship between science and war, what he would do with a $700 billion research budget and why he’s in favor of a space force.
  18. Betty Grissom, Who Sued in Astronaut Husband’s Death, Dies at 91
    She was shunned by the space community after she sued North American Rockwell in the launchpad death of Gus Grissom. She won a settlement.

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