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New York Times Space and Cosmos News

  1. 79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting
    The latest survey of the region around the gas giant turned up a dozen new moons, including an oddball that was going in the wrong direction.
  2. It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica
    For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.
  3. The Neutrino Trappers
    Deep in a mountain in southern Russia, scientists are tracking one of the universe’s most elusive particles.
  4. NASA Again Delays Launch of Troubled Webb Telescope; Cost Estimate Rises to $9.7 Billion
    The successor to the Hubble has had a series of mishaps during testing. An independent review board pushed back the launch for three years.
  5. Asteroids and Adversaries: Challenging What NASA Knows About Space Rocks
    Two years ago, NASA dismissed and mocked an amateur’s criticisms of its asteroids database. Now Nathan Myhrvold is back, and his papers have passed peer review.
  6. A Huge Dust Storm on Mars Is Threatening NASA’s Opportunity Rover
    The storm, which has blanketed a quarter of the planet, has plunged the rover into a “dark, perpetual night.”
  7. Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes
    Even as astronomers await a verdict on construction of a huge telescope on Mauna Kea, they are still trying to figure out how to pay for the next stargazing Goliaths.
  8. Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’
    The identification of organic molecules in rocks on the red planet does not necessarily point to life there, past or present, but does indicate that some of the building blocks were present.
  9. atmosphere: The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet
    Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe
    An insurgent who challenged the academic establishment and became a foremost expert on the aging of galaxies, she was eventually forced to choose between family and career.
  13. Bradford Smith, Who Showed Postcards From Outer Space, Dies at 86
    As head of the camera team for the Voyager mission, Dr. Smith was humanity’s tour guide to the solar system.
  14. Trilobites: Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun
    During aphelion, our planet receives 7 percent less sunlight than in January, but changes in the planet’s orbit are not what causes our seasons.
  15. Constance Adams, Architect of Space Habitats, Is Dead at 53
    She gave up designing skyscrapers to develop structures that would help travelers live on the International Space Station, Mars or the moon.
  16. Trilobites: An Alien Visitor Turns Out to Be a Comet
    First Oumuamua was an alien comet, then maybe a spaceship, then an asteroid, now it’s a comet from way, way beyond.
  17. Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid
    After a journey that started in 2014, the probe will reach the space rock on Wednesday to begin studying it for clues to the solar system’s origins.

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