"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."
--1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Correction: It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum. The 'Times' regrets the error."
NY Times, July 1969.

— New York Times

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We’ve just seen a huge space explosion and don’t know what it is

6 hours 24 min ago
There’s an enormous, fast-moving explosion in space unlike anything we’ve seen before, and astronomers around the world are scrambling to figure out what it is
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Colonists could use genetically modified bacteria to settle Mars

10 hours 15 min ago
Mars colonists could build their habitats and clothes from “living” self-healing materials and make them air-tight with rubber grown by E. coli
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The space-time echoes that point to a new theory of reality

13 hours 4 min ago
The discovery of gravitational waves was the crowning glory of Einstein's relativity. They might now have provided the first hint of something to scupper it
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Colony ship to nearest star only needs crew of 100 to survive

13 hours 4 min ago
A mission to Proxima Centauri b, the closest Earth-like exoplanet, would take over 6000 years – but you only need a small crew to get started
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Team moon vs team Mars: the battle over the future of NASA

14 hours 4 min ago
Decades of infighting and political interference have got NASA no closer to landing astronauts on the moon or Mars. Can its new leader spark a relaunch?
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NASA outlines its plans to deal with a large asteroid impact

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:57pm
NASA is designing and testing missions to deflect a potential asteroid from hitting Earth, and working with emergency responders to plan for a day when one does
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The Milky Way has devoured 15 other galaxies since it formed

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:15am
Our galaxy formed fast, and with an appetite. It’s devoured 15 other galaxies, including a big one nicknamed Kraken that we didn’t know existed until now
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Alien preppers could hoard stars to survive in a doomed universe

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:46am
Dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe, meaning eventually all galaxies will be inaccessible, but aliens could be working on a solution right now
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Trump has directed the US military to establish a Space Force

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 2:36pm
President Trump has announced the creation of a Space Force, the first new US military branch since 1947, but it’s not yet clear what this new corps will do
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Stars gravitate to Stephen Hawking’s memorial service

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:00am
There was only one Stephen Hawking but there were a thousand ways to celebrate a genius and science’s only global celebrity at London’s Westminster Abbey
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We’ve seen a gigantic black hole tear a star in half and eat it

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:00pm
We’ve gotten one of our best looks yet at a star being devoured by a black hole, thanks to astronomers who watched a decade-long meal
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Antimatter neutrinos caught shape-shifting between flavours

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:44am
We’ve seen antineutrinos morphing from one ‘flavour’ to another, and it could help us figure out why the universe is full of normal matter and not antimatter
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NASA’s Opportunity rover is stuck in a huge dust storm on Mars

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:36pm
A dust storm bigger than North America has blown up on Mars, and it’s blocking out the sunlight that powers NASA’s ageing Opportunity rover. Is this its last gasp?
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Clouds of spinning diamonds around stars solve an old mystery

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00pm
Tiny diamonds in clouds circling bright young stars may be the source of unexplained microwave radiation from space that has baffled astronomers since 1996
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Mars has complex organic material that may be from ancient life

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 3:00pm
The Curiosity rover has found methane in Mars’s atmosphere and complex organic molecules preserved for 3.5 billion years. Both could have come from life
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Why Richard Branson’s promises about space tourism are empty

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:26am
The billionaire businessman says he'll ride into space within months, paving the way to routine suborbital passenger trips. Don't get too excited, says Paul Marks
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Lightning reveals where Jupiter stores its ‘missing’ water

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 2:00pm
Decades ago a space probe found less water on Jupiter than expected, and now astronomers have tracked some of that water down by mapping lightning storms
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The New Horizons probe is awake and ready for its next flyby

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:07am
For the last 6 months, the New Horizons spacecraft that flew past Pluto in 2015 has been in hibernation, hurtling towards a distant rock – it has just woken up
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Cosmic cooperation is just what space exploration needs

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 5:00am
Questions such as whether Mars ever hosted life are too big to be left to any one nation – efforts to join forces on space missions are the future
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Two meteors in two days lit up the sky in China and Botswana

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 6:02pm
On 1 and 2 June, two meteors streaked across the sky, one in China and one in southern Africa. One of them was the third we’ve ever detected before it hit Earth
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