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With Moon as His Muse, Japanese Billionaire Signs Up for SpaceX Voyage

By KENNETH CHANG

Elon Musk shared a stage at a SpaceX factory on Monday night with Yusaku Maezawa, who will make a significant investment in the company’s next-generation rocket.

Meet SpaceX’s First Moon Voyage Customer, Yusaku Maezawa

By KENNETH CHANG

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese fashion entrepreneur, and several artists would follow a looping path around the moon aboard a new rocket. When the flight might occur is uncertain.

As the Ice Melts, NASA Will Be Watching

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

The new ICESat-2, set to launch on Saturday, can measure changes in the planet’s ice that are less than the width of a pencil.

U.S., Russia Respond to Space Station Leak Rumors

By KENNETH CHANG

After speaking for the first time, Jim Bridenstine of NASA and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, set out to reaffirm cooperation on orbital matters.

Corporate Sponsors for NASA? Agency to Study Making Space for Brands

By KENNETH CHANG

In an era of flat budgets for the agency, Jim Bridenstine has started talking about corporate sponsorships for NASA missions.

Overlooked No More: Ruby Payne-Scott, Who Explored Space With Radio Waves

Payne-Scott helped establish the field of radio astronomy by using radio waves to detect solar bursts, but she was forced to resign after she got married.

Trilobites: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

By KENNETH CHANG

The mission’s scientists were pleasantly surprised that the camera aboard the robotic probe could see the Kuiper belt object, known as 2014 MU69, so soon and from so far.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

By XIAOZHI LIM

Museum conservators are racing to figure out how to preserve modern artworks and historical objects that are disintegrating.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

By JACEY FORTIN

Researchers don’t know whether the ice water runs deep, like the tips of buried icebergs, or is as thin as a layer of frost.

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

By KENNETH CHANG

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said they were “converging on the truth” in an experiment to understand hydrogen in its liquid metallic state.

Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to β€˜Touch the Sun’

By KENNETH CHANG

The spacecraft, which NASA says will “touch the sun,” was carried from the launchpad atop three columns of flame early on Sunday morning.

NASA Delays Parker Solar Probe Launch

By KENNETH CHANG

There’s a lot we don’t know about the sun and its power, and this mission will help to fill in the blanks in the years to come. A second launch attempt on Sunday is possible.

Touching the Sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will fly through the punishing heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere.

Pence Advances Plan to Create a Space Force

By HELENE COOPER

Vice President Mike Pence gave details about President Trump’s plan to create a military force for space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is now onboard with the plan.

Aiming for the Stars, and a Chunk of Rock, in Senegal

By JAIME YAYA BARRY and DIONNE SEARCEY

On a mission to improve science education, the country got a lift with the arrival of an international team of astronomers viewing the far reaches of space.

A Radar Blip, a Flash of Light: How U.F.O.s β€˜Exploded’ Into Public View

By LAURA M. HOLSON

Sightings of U.F.O.s in Washington in July 1952 garnered headlines around the world and caused so much concern that the government was forced to speak out.

Italy Dispatch: Ceramics Aren’t Enough. Bring on the Spaceships, Italian Town Says.

By JASON HOROWITZ

Italy decided that the ceramics center of Grottaglie — with its long runway and uneventful weather — had the right stuff to be Virgin Galactic’s next launchpad.

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