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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. 

Bacteria and yeast can survive under hydrogen in the lab, which may mean more planets could support extraterrestrial life.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

It’s one of NASA’s longest-living and most valuable telescopes, sending back amazing space images to Earth for decades.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Scientists may soon be able to observe a dramatic, long-predicted consequence of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Meredith Fore, Contributor

Fifty years ago, an explosion changed the flight of Apollo 13 into a saga of skill, fortitude, and resilience. A reporter who covered the mission recounts the details.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Bright yellow star in background as small ringed planet passes in front.

Puzzling planets with the apparent density of cotton candy probably have rings, according to a new study.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

The space agency’s InSight lander has detected hundreds of marsquakes since arriving on the red planet about 15 months ago.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

We honor the spacecraft’s 16-year journey with five beautiful images from the telescope.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Some scientists have been poking at the foundations of dark energy, but many say the concept remains on solid, if mysterious, ground.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Bookshelf with a right angle -- long shelf comes toward the photographer, toward the right of the camera, and the perpendicular portion is toward the left of the frame.

New study presents new way to observe rate at which culture changes.

Brian Owens, Contributor

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