In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.
“Often before I write a scene for the final time … I take a minute, close my eyes, and build the world of the scene around me.”
Nearly 50 years after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the lunar surface, it’s clear that Apollo 11 will haunt the human imagination for a long time to come.
What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world
Don DeLillo's literary interpretation of an astronaut’s “endlessly fulfilling” view of our home planet
Laker fans get their first glimpse of L.A.’s newest megastar, in one of the most chaotic home openers in memory.
As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
Science's ethos of self-correction should apply to how it thinks about its own history, too.
America’s skies are set to dim at a strange hour of its history.
The Cassini spacecraft gives us a rare glimpse of ourselves from between Saturn's rings.
He may come to regret it.
Two Atlantic writers on the very high highs, and (perhaps) the very low lows, of the genre
How President-elect Trump could affect our ability to understand our changing planet
Innovations in space exploration are making galactic travel increasingly tangible.
A new paper on “Genesis missions” explains how interstellar probes could accelerate evolution on distant planets.
On the sublime scenery that might await us on exoplanets.
Could Freon in the atmosphere of a distant planet be the thing that finally confirms humankind is not alone?
An astrophysicist says extraterrestrial civilizations “almost certainly” existed at one time or another. Here’s what’s wrong with his argument.
Yuri Milner is spending $100 million on a probe that could travel to Alpha Centauri within a generation—and he's recruited Mark Zuckerberg and Stephen Hawking to help. In an interview with The Atlantic, Milner makes his case for star travel.
Bob Ebeling, the engineer who foresaw the Challenger disaster, and lived with guilt for decades, has died.
To know the Earth’s future, you must first know its past.