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Did India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander Survive? The Chances Are Slim

By Kenneth Chang

In the history of spaceflight, robotic probes that malfunction while landing on another world are never heard from again.

India Says It Has Located Chandrayaan-2 Lander on Moon’s Surface

By Kai Schultz

The chief of the Indian space agency told reporters that the spacecraft’s condition was unclear, but that he expected it had experienced a “hard landing.”

India Loses Contact With Chandrayaan-2 Moon Lander During Its Descent

By Jeffrey Gettleman, Kenneth Chang, Kai Schultz and Hari Kumar

The country will probably have to wait for a future mission to join the elite club of nations that have landed on the moon.

Steven Gubser, a Bright Star in the Physics Universe, Dies at 47

By Dylan Loeb McClain

He did groundbreaking work toward finding a “theory of everything.” He died in an Alpine rock-climbing accident.

Trump Authorizes a Space Command. Next, He Wants a Space Force.

By Katie Rogers and Helene Cooper

While there is widespread agreement on the need to protect American interests in space, there is disagreement on how to go about it.

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain Accused by Spouse of Crime in Space

By Mike Baker

NASA is examining a claim that an astronaut improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the Space Station.

Perseid Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Meteor showers can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glimpse.

LightSail-2 Mission Shows Solar Sailing’s Potential for Spaceflight

By Kenneth Chang

The spacecraft’s controllers on Earth succeeded in steering the spacecraft, demonstrating that mylar sails could be used for propulsion.

Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

By Nicholas St. Fleur

Also called the Southern Delta Aquariids, the shower can light up night skies from dusk to dawn, and if you’re lucky you might be able to see it.

Neil Armstrong’s Death, and a Stormy, Secret $6 Million Settlement

By Scott Shane and Sarah Kliff

The astronaut’s sons contended that incompetent medical care had cost him his life, and threatened to go public. His widow says she wanted no part of the payout.

LightSail 2 Unfurls, Next Step Toward Space Travel by Solar Sail

By Shannon Stirone

The Planetary Society deployed LightSail 2, aiming to further demonstrate the potential of the technology for space propulsion.

Why Are Native Hawaiians Protesting Against a Telescope?

By Meghan Miner Murray

Demonstrators blocking construction of a major scientific project on Hawaii’s highest mountain have started to attract support across the country. Here’s what you need to know.

Christopher Kraft, NASA Mission Control’s Founding Father, Dies at 95

By Robert D. McFadden

He directed the first piloted orbital flights, orchestrated spacewalks, oversaw the first lunar landing and led the space center in Houston.