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Space

Coverage of advances in space exploration that have implications for state and local government. Includes stories about satellites, which are increasingly used to expand the availability of Internet access, as well as to capture images and gather data using sensors to monitor things like environmental conditions and infrastructure needs.

Nation-states are increasingly looking to the stars to conduct cyber attacks that disrupt other countries' satellite communications. In addition, solar weather events can also cause disruptions.
Plus, the State Department offers a reward for intel on a Russia-backed ransomware group, reliance on AI tools grows sixfold, and the disconnect between what EV buyers want and what carmakers are offering.
A Florida homeowner was treated to a shocking surprise when a jettisoned piece of metal from the International Space Station crashed into his home in March.
Plans by SpaceX and others to boost the number of rocket launches seen streaking across San Diego County's skies have prompted the California Coastal Commission to question the environmental effects.
A coalition of Rio Grande Valley environmental and Indigenous groups is suing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department over the agency's approval of a land swap with SpaceX in South Texas.
Thousands of students filed into Wolff Municipal Stadium Monday morning to observe the long-awaited solar eclipse as part of a watch party hosted by the Witte Museum and DoSeum.
Science teachers in several Madison County, Ind., area districts have used resources from NASA, supplemental lesson plans, games and other methods to help their students appreciate and learn from the eclipse.
Mars Sample Return is an ambitious yet imperiled NASA mission whose rapidly ballooning budget has cost jobs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and drawn threats of cancellation from lawmakers.
A pollution-tracking satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday, promising a new level of accountability for companies and governments thought to be underreporting their emissions.
Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners will decide whether to turn over 43 acres of Boca Chica State Park in exchange for 477 acres near the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles away.