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Yesterday β€” April 19th 2018NYT Space

Trump’s NASA Nominee, Jim Bridenstine, Confirmed by Senate on Party-Line Vote

By KENNETH CHANG

The Oklahoma congressman’s nomination languished for more than seven months as senators raised objections to his record, and now additional concerns have been raised.

Trilobites: Diamonds in a Meteorite May Be a Lost Planet’s Fragments

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The space rock crashed in a desert in Sudan in 2008, and the flaws in its embedded minerals are like nothing seen in today’s solar system.

Before yesterdayNYT Space

Watch as NASA and SpaceX Launch TESS, a Planet-Hunting Satellite

By DENNIS OVERBYE

The spacecraft will scan the sky for planets orbiting nearby star systems, another step in the long search for signs of life in the Milky Way. The launch on Wednesday was postponed from Monday.

Trilobites: How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

By JOANNA KLEIN

Pairing astronomers’ algorithms for star-hunting with drones equipped with infrared cameras, scientists have developed a new tool kit to help conservation and fight poaching.

Tiangong-1, China’s First Space Station, Crashes Into the Pacific

By KENNETH CHANG

China lost control of the craft in 2016, and sky watchers had been waiting months for it to re-enter the atmosphere, unsure where or when it would land.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Faces More Setbacks

By DENNIS OVERBYE

The space agency announced on Tuesday that its successor to the Hubble telescope has hit a series of testing snags, pushing back a planned launch next year.

China’s Space Station May Crash to Earth on April Fools’ Day

By KENNETH CHANG

Experts predict the abandoned space station, Tiangong-1, will fall back to Earth around this weekend. But the risk to anyone on the ground is almost nil.

Elon Musk Joins #DeleteFacebook With a Barrage of Tweets

By NELLIE BOWLES

Mr. Musk deleted the Facebook pages of two of his companies, SpaceX and Tesla. He and the Facebook C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, have, er, not always gotten along.

Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding Collisions in Outer Space

By YOUSAF BUTT

To sustain the commercial space race, we need to streamline and coordinate rules to manage the proliferation of private satellites.

Stephen Hawking to Be Interred at Westminster Abbey

By DENNIS OVERBYE

The cosmologist’s ashes will be buried there later this year, near a few legendary scientists like Darwin and Newton.

Trilobites: Steve, a Famous Northern Light, Stays Mysterious (and Keeps His Name)

By JACEY FORTIN

Steve is a glowing strip in the night sky, not far from the northern lights. It was named after a cartoon. Now scientists have learned more.

An Appraisal: Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live

By DENNIS OVERBYE

The cosmologist not only overturned our imaginations, he became an icon of mystery, curiosity and determination to understand this place we are in.

Stephen Hawking, Pop Culture Icon

Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest physicists of our time, died on Wednesday. He is immortalized by his brilliant research, but also by his pop culture appearances.

The Expansive Life of Stephen Hawking

Dr. Hawking captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world with his exploration of black holes and gravity.

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

By DENNIS OVERBYE

A physicist and best-selling author, Dr. Hawking did not allow his physical limitations to hinder his quest to answer “the big question: Where did the universe come from?”

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