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Look Back at How Much Space News Got Packed Into 2018

Jan. 7: It seemed like an ominous start to the year when a SpaceX rocket made it off the launchpad, but its mysterious government payload appeared to have gone missing. Nearly 12 months and a lot of finger-pointing later, Zuma’s fate is not known. The Lunar X Prize ended with …

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite

For years, space was dominated by just two nations, the United States and the Soviet Union. Their designs were big: Rockets grew taller than 20-story apartment buildings. Satellites expanded to the size of city buses. Spy satellites unfurled antennas nearly as large as football fields. The debut of the iPhone …

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NASA’s Return to the Moon to Start With Private Companies’ Spacecraft

In a step toward returning to the moon, NASA announced on Thursday that it had selected nine companies that will vie for contracts to take small payloads for the space agency to the surface of the moon. “We are building a domestic American capability to get back and forth to …

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Tavares Strachan Teams With SpaceX to Launch Satellite-Sculpture Into Orbit

Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. never made it on a space mission. The first African-American to train as an astronaut with NASA, he died in a supersonic jet crash in 1967, at the age of 32. But the artist Tavares Strachan is getting ready to send the astronaut into space in …

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How Many Space Stations Does This Planet Need?

Almost two decades ago, there was a commercial space station for a brief period of time. It was Russian, and an American named Jeffrey Manber ran it. Perhaps it could have succeeded — but NASA killed it. “If you wanted to work with the capitalists in space in the 1990s, …

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