NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft set to reach asteroid Bennu after epic journey

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft set to reach asteroid Bennu after epic journey
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to rendezvous with asteroid Bennu on Monday after traveling more than 1 billion miles through space. The historic expedition will be the first U.S. mission to bring samples from an asteroid back to Earth. OSIRIS-REx, which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, launched in September 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. After reaching Bennu, the... Read More

On Soccer: A Final for All Time, Sacrificed on the Altar of the Modern Game

On SoccerImageTens of thousands of River Plate fans who bought tickets for last week’s Copa Libertadores final now will be prevented from seeing it in person.CreditCreditMarcos Brindicci/ReutersAt the end of it all is a game. In Madrid next Sunday, barring legal maneuvering or an indignation-driven boycott, Boca Juniors and River Plate finally will settle the… Read More

College Football Conference Championships: Who Will Make the Playoff?

Three of this weekend’s major conference title games have implications for the four-team playoff bracket, which will be announced Sunday.ImageQuarterback Sam Ehlinger and Texas handed Oklahoma its only loss, in October. Can the Longhorns repeat the feat?CreditCreditNick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated PressAll five major conferences hold their championship games this weekend, setting the stage for… Read More

I.O.C. Halts Boxing Group From Planning Tokyo 2020 Tournament

Sports|I.O.C. Halts Boxing Group From Planning Tokyo 2020 TournamentImageBoxing at the 2020 Olympics may proceed without the international boxing federation.CreditCreditChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe International Olympic Committee stopped the amateur boxing federation from planning the tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Games while it investigates the group’s finances, antidoping measures and other “significant concerns.”The federation, which is known… Read More

Cowboys End Saints’ 10-Game Winning Streak

Sports|Cowboys End Saints’ 10-Game Winning StreakImageFrom left, Jeff Heath, Tyrone Crawford and Demarcus Lawrence enjoyed a Cowboys win.CreditCreditRon Jenkins/Associated PressARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees didn’t have a completion until the final play of the first quarter. His final pass, one he was trying to throw away, got intercepted.The New Orleans Saints’ 10-game winning streak ended… Read More

On Ferrari: Ferrari’s Strong Car, Drivers and Tire Strategy Bring a Familiar Result

On FerrariImageSebastian Vettel, the Ferrari driver and four-time world champion, during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.CreditCreditGiuseppe Cacace/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAfter clinching its fifth consecutive Formula One World Championship constructors’ title this year, the Mercedes team is wary of becoming complacent about winning.For Ferrari, the runner-up, complacency is not the problem. The issue, said… Read More

On Racing: Midseason Burst Propels Lewis Hamilton, and Mercedes, to the Titles

On RacingImageLewis Hamilton, left, the five-time world champion, with his rival, Sebastian Vettel, who finished second for the season, after the Mexican Grand Prix in October.CreditCreditJose Mendez/EPA, via ShutterstockAn embrace immediately after the Mexican Grand Prix beautifully encapsulated another captivating Formula One season.In front of a packed grandstand at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, a smiling… Read More

Defeated Sen. McCaskill rips Democratic Party over ‘purity’ demands, ‘failure’ with rural America

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, the moderate-leaning Democrat who was defeated in this year’s midterm elections, took swipes at her own party in an exit interview aired Friday.In blunt terms, McCaskill accused fellow Democrats of demanding ideological “purity” from candidates and suggested their “failure” to connect with rural Americans contributed to her loss to Republican Josh… Read More