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NASA Finally Rolls Out Its Massive SLS Rocket, With Much at Stake

More than a decade after the last space shuttle took flight, NASA’s almost ready to launch a rocket once again. The Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built, is designed to bring the Artemis missions to the moon, starting with Artemis I this spring. But before the big show, engineers have to conduct a battery of tests, putting the fully stacked SLS rocket on the launchpad and running a “wet dress rehearsal” that includes a practice countdown. NASA engineers plan for the rocket to make its debut on…

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Amazon Finally, Officially Owns MGM. Now What?

The Monitor is a weekly column devoted to everything happening in the WIRED world of culture, from movies to memes, TV to Twitter. Amazon now owns James Bond. And RoboCop. And a few Rockys. Yes, nearly a year after it announced its $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM, the everything store finally closed the deal Thursday, saying the classic Hollywood studio “will complement Prime Video and Amazon Studios’ work in delivering a diverse offering of entertainment choices to customers.” No doubt its 4,000 films and thousands of hours of television will…

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