Space

Black holes, galaxies, mysteries and space travel

Our coverage sheds light on the boundless darkness, the physical violence and the mysterious, awesome reaches of our universe. We ponder how it all began and about our place in the cosmos: Are we alone? Is there life on other planets? Will interplanetary travel save the human race? We also explore space through images, videos and illustration. 

The fastest-spinning white dwarf on record completes a full rotation in 25 seconds.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Iodine-based ion propulsion could power small satellites and help solve our space junk problem.
Jessica Orwig, Contributor
Scientists prepare to probe other planets by combining different ways to detect signs of life.
Zack Savitsky, Contributor
Five space travelers had elevated levels of proteins in the blood often seen in people with head trauma and neurodegenerative diseases.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Understanding these ancient objects that sometimes produce cometlike tails may help explain how the solar system formed.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
New research suggests gamma rays stunt plant growth.
Karen Kwon, Contributor
Sunscreen and calcium supplements aren't enough to protect Mars-bound space travelers from radiation and a lack of gravity in outer space.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Errors in models used to interpret gravitational wave signals could misleadingly suggest deviations from relativity, a new study warns.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
Sorting out space rocks and setting the record straight.
Inside Science Contributor
Catch a glimpse of a meteor shower this month.
Inside Science Contributor
Six decades ago, the Soviets launched a cosmonaut into orbit, shaking up the Cold War in ways that still reverberate.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
The four-year process of casting the sixth of seven primary mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope began this month.
Catherine Meyers, Editor