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An Artist Sketches the Giant Gender Gap on the Moon

The moon’s surface is pockmarked with craters, the relics of violent impacts over cosmic time. A few of the largest are visible to the...

Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Company Challenges NASA Over SpaceX Moon Lander Deal

SpaceX, in particular, has thrived in this new entrepreneurial approach to spaceflight. Its Falcon 9 rocket, used for the space station missions, is now...

4 Astronauts Float Into the International Space Station and Open Arms

“Endeavour arriving.”With those words, the four members of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour began floating one by one into the International Space Station on...

NASA Mars Helicopter’s Second Flight Is a Success

NASA’s engineers already made history on Monday with the 39.1-second flight of Ingenuity, a small helicopter, in the thin atmosphere on Mars. On Thursday,...

What Do You Call a Bunch of Black Holes: A Crush? A Scream?

What do you call a black hole? Anything you want, the old joke goes, as long as you don’t call it late for dinner....

The Lyrids Meteor Shower Will 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...

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Completes First Flight on Another Planet

A small robotic helicopter named Ingenuity made space exploration history on Monday when it lifted off the surface of Mars and hovered in the...

Dazzling Skies, U.F.O. Sightings and Real-Life Monsters: The Week in Narrated Articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote the story.Written...

How a Burst of Light in the Sky Illuminated Something Primal

I thought of this — our ancient trembling before a vast and unknown sky — when I heard the genuine fright in some of...

A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics

At Fermilab, a new campus devoted to studying muons was being built.“That opened up a world of possibility,” Dr. Polly recalled in his biographical...

The SpaceX Test Rocket for Mars Goes Up Again, and Explodes Again

On Tuesday morning, for the fourth time, SpaceX attempted a high-altitude test of its next-generation rocket and for the fourth time, it exploded.Through a...

Hunting Ghost Particles Beneath the World’s Deepest Lake

The lake is as much as a mile deep, with some of the clearest fresh water in the world, and a czarist-era railroad conveniently...

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The millions of votes counted across Scotland on Saturday could be among the most consequential in recent times, and not because of their impact...

Melting Glaciers Have Exposed Frozen Relics of World War I

As glaciers melt and shrink in the Alps of Northern Italy, long-frozen relics of World War I have been emerging from the ice.They include...

A Chinese Rocket Is Tumbling Back to Earth. Where Will It Land?

A piece of China’s largest rocket is tumbling back to Earth this weekend. No one really knows when or where it will land.On April...

An Election Win for Boris Johnson, but His Strategies Risk Breaking Up the U.K.

LONDON — The great realignment of British politics accelerated this week, but it is pulling in starkly different directions north and south of the...