Space exploration and travel

New research looks at how dust storms and a thin atmosphere may play into alternative energy sources on the Red Planet.
Joshua Learn, 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
New research suggests gamma rays stunt plant growth.
Karen Kwon, Contributor
Cave microbes on Earth may help guide scientists toward life on Mars.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
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
This month in pictures
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Six decades ago, the Soviets launched a cosmonaut into orbit, shaking up the Cold War in ways that still reverberate.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
Greek mythology says Icarus fell because he flew too close to the sun. What does science say?
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
This month in pictures
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
There's a research station in Hawaii being used as a long-duration Mars and moon exploration project.
Inside Science Contributor