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Ruth Hamilton's dog, Toby, assesses the space rock after it has been returned by the Western University team (Photograph by Amy Barrett)

A meteorite nearly killed this B.C. woman in her sleep. Scientists say it could be 470 million years old.

The cosmic rock hurtled through space and time and landed in Ruth Hamilton’s bed, just beside her head. It could be worth thousands.
The new $10-billion James Webb Space Telescope; as the private sector funds routine spaceflight, space agencies can ‘push the frontiers’ (Courtesy of Desiree Stover/NASA)

Space exploration is about more than launching billionaires into orbit

The eye-rolling at the obvious PR stunt of sending William Shatner to space hides a growing antipathy towards space exploration—but we’ve forgotten how much humanity benefitted from it
Janjua in front of the VSS Imagine, in Mojave, California, at the Virgin Galactic facility (Courtesy of Quinn Tucker/Virgin Galactic)

The elite Canadian pilot who’ll be flying Virgin Galactic tourists to space

Virgin Galactic’s "future astronauts" will be in the hands of an elite Canadian test pilot
Alibay programmed NASA’s Perseverance rover to visit several sites on Mars, including the Jezero Crater, a dried-up lake bed (Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS)

A NASA engineer on Mars and life in the universe: ’It would be very lonely if it were only us’

Farah Alibay’s fixation with knowing how things work led to a career pondering life’s biggest questions
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A Canadian astronaut’s most embarrassing—and eloquent—moment

Image of the Week: After more than six months in space, David Saint-Jacques wasn’t quite ready for earthly gravity. But a little nausea couldn’t ruin his moment.
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‘Oumuamua: Hunk of interstellar rock or sun-powered alien UFO?

As a mysterious flying object exits our solar system, we asked experts to speculate on its origins
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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: Here’s when, where and how to watch it

Get ready for a lunar eclipse, a supermoon and a blue (blood) moon in unison—such an occurrence hasn’t happened in more than a century
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How to watch the Leonid Meteor Shower this weekend, in person or online

Stargazers in Canada’s prairie provinces are likeliest to get the best view of the annual Leonid meteor shower, but you can livestream it online too
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Asteroid TC4 live video: Watch as it passes between Earth and the Moon

Watch a live stream from online telescope company Slooh as Asteroid TC4 passes close to earth
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What an all-white roster of astronaut hopefuls says about our schools

Black Canadians aren’t entering the STEM fields—in part because of our education system’s soft bigotry of low expectations