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Posted Wednesday, 22 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

President Trump said Tuesday that he would nominate Barbara Barrett, a former diplomat and aerospace research executive, to be the next Air Force secretary, a move that came as Mr. Trump ratchets up plans to increase the military’s focus on threats in...

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed ...

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket...

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket...

Posted Wednesday, 15 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

“People think I am, like, some valedictorian,” India Jackson said with a laugh on Wednesday. “No, I’m not. I am just driven and ambitious.” This summer, Ms. Jackson, 32, is headed to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she will ...

Posted Tuesday, 14 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

NASA officials on Monday evening unveiled an updated budget request to Congress, seeking more than $1 billion in additional funding in what they called a down payment to accelerate the return of astronauts to the moon by 2024. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s...

Posted Monday, 13 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Soon we will recognize the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon. We remember and celebrate the heroism of the Apollo 11 crew: the humility of Neil Armstrong making those first bootprints; the cool bravado of Buzz Aldrin during the...

Posted Monday, 13 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Half a century ago, the Apollo astronauts left short-lived seismometers on the lunar surface. They found that the moon was alive and kicking. Some tremors deep below the surface likely were caused by Earth’s gravitational pull. Others were vibrations...

Posted Thursday, 09 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a carefully choreographed event akin to an announcement of a new iPhone, Jeffrey P. Bezos unveiled a moon lander. Mr. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, also owns Blue Origin, a rocket company. In a convention center...

Posted Sunday, 05 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse. The next shower you might be...

Posted Thursday, 02 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The moon is far more than a largely dead orb. Our planet’s pale satellite is the creator of tides, the catcher of meteors and the only other world in the starry ocean where humanity has set foot. But scientists are still not entirely clear how it was...

Posted Sunday, 21 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse. The next shower you might be...

Posted Sunday, 14 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday, the world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time. The twin-fuselage plane,...

Posted Saturday, 13 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

When Jessica Dempsey, deputy director of the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Maunakea, Hawaii, wanted help last year naming an upgrade to a deep-space detection system, she turned to Uncle Larry. Uncle Larry, more formally known as Larry Kimura, an...

Posted Friday, 12 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

In the far reaches of the solar system, beyond Neptune, there is a minor planet orbiting the sun in a sea of icy debris. Humans have known about the reddish, round object for more than a decade. Since 2007, scientists have estimated that it has a...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

As the first-ever picture of a black hole was unveiled this week, another image began making its way around the internet: a photo of a young scientist, clasping her hands over her face and reacting with glee to an image of an orange ring of light,...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

It’s the second try for SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy. The planned launch of the giant rocket — the most powerful now in operation on Earth — was postponed on Wednesday night because of windy conditions high above the launchpad. SpaceX will try...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

For 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself. He drew blood from his arms. He saved his urine. He played computer games to test his memory and reaction speed. He measured the shape of...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Methane, a gas that offers a tantalizing hint of possible life below the barren landscape of Mars, displays a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t quality that is confounding scientists. Last week, scientists reported that a careful analysis of data collected ...