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U.S. Will Return to the Moon, Pence Says

The Trump administration set NASA on a new course at the first meeting of the National Space Council

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New Observations Deepen Mystery of "Alien Megastructure" Star

Orbiting dust could explain some—but not all—of the star’s bizarre behavior

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Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope Gets Go-Ahead

The ruling could allow the project to move forward after years of delays and opposition

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Sputnik Moments: Trio of Spaceflight Events Shook U.S. in 1957

The Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite 60 years ago

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NASA Postpones Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

The multibillion-dollar observatory is now scheduled to launch in spring of 2019

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Fast Radio Bursts Flash throughout the Cosmos

The mysterious and powerful cosmic outbursts could occur as often as once per second in the observable universe

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Binary Giant Black Holes Spotted at Galaxy’s Core

The objects are separated by less than one light year—the most compact pairing of supermassive black holes ever seen

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After Cassini’s End at Saturn, Outer Planets Exploration Shifts to Jupiter

NASA and the European Space Agency may soon launch new missions to the solar system’s largest planet

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Astronomers Discover Pitch-Black Exoplanet

The hellish world WASP-12b is darker than fresh asphalt in visible light, but glows red-hot in infrared

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Cassini’s End Marks New Beginning for Exploration of Saturn

NASA is now considering multiple proposals for a return to the ringed planet

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Hurricane Irma Closes Arecibo Observatory

The threat from the Category 5 storm has shuttered the world’s second-largest radio telescope until further notice

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Tropical Storm Harvey Shutters NASA’s Johnson Space Center through Labor Day

Essential operations to support the International Space Station will continue, with the center reopening on September 5

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Deadline for Google Lunar X Prize Extended to March 2018

The remaining teams in this private space race have more time—and the opportunity for more money—on their way to the Moon

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Deadline for Google Lunar X Prize Extended to March 2018

The remaining teams in this private space race have more time—and the opportunity for more money—on their way to the Moon

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New Group Works to Preserve Apollo Lunar Landing Sites

For All Moonkind is working with space agencies to develop formal protections for space archaeology sites

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Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone

Successful test suggests “Archinaut” system could soon assemble huge structures in orbit

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Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone

Successful test suggests “Archinaut” system could soon assemble huge structures in orbit

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NASA’s Pluto Probe May See Double During Next Flyby

When New Horizons flies by Kuiper belt object MU69 in 2019, it may find two space rocks rather than one

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Stellar Winds Could Be Bad News for Life on TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Two new studies suggest the system’s potentially habitable planets could have lost their atmospheres long ago

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No Evidence for Past Martian Civilization, Scientists Tell Congress

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher asks about ancient aliens during a routine hearing

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Astronomers Detect Strange Signals from Red Dwarf Star

The radio bursts are tantalizing, but probably not transmissions from talkative aliens

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White House Selects Leadership for National Space Council

 Scott Pace, the director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, will be the Council’s executive secretary

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Toxic Compounds May Sterilize Martian Soil

Microbes could be killed off by perchlorates exposed to ultraviolet radiation on the planet’s surface

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SpaceX Launches Rocket With "Highest-Ever Reentry Force"

The company has now landed a recycled rocket for the second time

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Elon Musk Publishes Plans for Colonizing Mars

The billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX wants to make humanity a "multi-planetary species”

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What’s Next for NASA’s New Astronaut Class?

A dozen new candidates were chosen from more than 18,000 applicants. Now the real work begins

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Celestial Harmonies Pin Down Orbit of Exoplanet TRAPPIST-1 h

Orbital resonances reveal the Earth-size world circles its star every 19 days

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NASA Calls for Europa Mission Instrument Ideas

Researchers should begin planning instruments to go on a potential life-hunting lander mission to Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa, the space agency said

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"Snow White" the Dwarf Planet Has Its Own Moon

Astronomers have found a moon orbiting the third-largest dwarf planet in our solar system

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Astronomers Find Water and Weird Clouds on Extrasolar "Warm Neptune"

Two space telescopes reveal the distant exoplanet HAT-P-26b has an atmosphere rich with hydrogen, helium and water vapor

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