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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. 

Images of far away, misty nebulas and lurking black holes haunt us this month.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

A team of engineers spent years giving new life to old NASA tapes.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Enjoy illustrations of pulsar winds, the planet Vulcan and galactic ripples.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Food scientists are developing food for astronauts that stays nutritious and fresh for at least three years.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

As summer winds down, savor images from some of the hottest, most magnetic, and awe-inspiring places in the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Enjoy the drama of supermassive black holes, colliding planets and glittering “starscapes.”

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

Numerous bits of orbiting debris threaten spacecraft, so two teams propose tracking them with unique license plate-like transponders.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

The gas giant now has 79 confirmed moons, including a new “oddball” one.

James Gaines, Contributor

This month we appreciate how images can take us on a journey to better understand the universe.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

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