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Google honors Seattle sci-fi author Octavia Butler

Seattle science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler passed away in 2006, but she’s getting timely good wishes today on what would have been her 71st birthday in the form of a Google Doodle tribute. The black writer’s work broke the “white guys … Continue reading

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Air Force contract marks a first for Falcon Heavy

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $130 million firm-fixed-price contract to SpaceX for the launch of its classified AFSPC-52 satellite on a Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s the first national security contract won for SpaceX’s heavy-lift rocket, which had its … Continue reading

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NASA puts out the call for Gateway’s first element

NASA has laid out its plan for acquiring the first piece of its successor to the International Space Station, an outpost known as the Gateway that will be stationed in lunar orbit. A draft solicitation, published today, calls for commercial partners … Continue reading

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Hayabusa 2 probe closes in on an asteroid

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a dumpling … It’s a “Star Trek” Borg cube … It’s the asteroid Ryugu! Our view of Ryugu, a half-mile-wide space rock nearly 180 million miles from Earth, is coming into sharper focus with … Continue reading

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White House updates plan to counter killer asteroids

The White House has issued an updated plan that lays out the roles played by NASA and other federal agencies in anticipating threats from near-Earth objects — and makes clear that if a threat arises, America will address it alone … Continue reading

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Sally Ride honored 35 years after space milestone

The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, is the subject of serious and playful memorials today, 35 years after her historic flight and nearly six years after her death. A U.S. postage stamp bearing Ride’s visage went on sale last month, and … Continue reading

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Trump directs Pentagon to create Space Force

President Donald Trump today directed the Department of Defense to create a Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. military, alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. “We are going to have the Air Force … Continue reading

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