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In Sweden’s Far North, a Space Complex Takes Shape

KIRUNA, Sweden — The path to the reindeer herder’s spring home took him across four frozen lakes and countless snowy hilltops. Arriving to a...

Ruth Freitag, Librarian to the Stars, Dies at 96

“These bibliographies would take months and even years to do,” said Jennifer Harbster, head of the science reference section at the Library of Congress....

China Releases Rover’s First Photos After Mars Landing

Four days after landing a spacecraft on Mars, China’s space agency released its first photographs from the red planet on Wednesday, announcing that the...

The Moon, Mars and Beyond: China’s Ambitious Plans in Space

China’s launch in April of the main module for its newest orbiting space station drew more international attention than expected — for the wrong...

Bidding Opens for a Seat on Blue Origin’s First Passenger Space Flight

Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, will launch a rocket into space with passengers on board for the first time in...

What if Space Junk and Climate Change Become the Same Problem?

It’s easy to compare the space junk problem to climate change. Human activities leave too many dead satellites and fragments of machinery discarded in...

Bye-Bye, Bennu: NASA Heads Back to Earth With Asteroid Stash in Tow

After more than two years of sightseeing at an asteroid, a NASA spacecraft is now heading home. Scientists cannot wait to get their hands...

Watch an Opera and Run a Race From Home

This week, check in with NASA’s Perseverance rover, listen to orchestral music or celebrate Eid al-Fitr by making a custard dessert.

NASA Mars Helicopter Makes One-Way Flight to New Mission

This time, NASA’s Mars robotic helicopter Ingenuity did not come back.That was intended.On Friday, Ingenuity, which last month became the first machine to fly...

Heads Up! A Used Chinese Rocket Is Tumbling Back to Earth This Weekend.

This article was revised shortly after publication to reflect an updated forecast from The Aerospace Corporation.No, you are almost certainly not going to be...

SpaceX Successfully Lands Prototype of Mars and Moon Rocket After Test Flight

A few weeks ago, NASA awarded a contract to SpaceX for $2.9 billion to use Starship to take astronauts from lunar orbit to the...

Watch the Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower Peak in Night Skies

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers can light up night...

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Here’s the Arctic Station That Keeps Satellites Connected

Arrayed across a plateau on an island in the high Norwegian Arctic, the 100 geodesic domes of the Svalbard Satellite Station look like abstract...