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Mega rocket Starship could enable new types of astrophysics

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Updates & Corrections

  • Clarification 20 April 2023: NASA’s contribution of $1.15 billion to SpaceX in November 2022 has been added to the story.

  • Update 18 April 2023: The story has been updated following interviews with Laura Forczyk, Jennifer Heldmann and Tanya Harrison.


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