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Make no mistake: we are currently living in the Golden Age of space exploration. Right now, as you read these words, we have robots on the Moon, autonomous rovers on Mars, and roughly a half dozen asteroid mining companies prospecting for precious metals in space. What will happen tomorrow? Tune in to DT’s space coverage to get all the latest news and commentary on everything from SpaceX to space junk, and keep pace with all the most important things happening in the final frontier.

NASA's SLS rocket launching at the start of the Artemis I mission.

Watch NASA’s cinematic trailer for its upcoming streaming service

NASA has released a trailer for its upcoming NASA+ streaming service, a free offering that's part of a major effort to revamp its online presence.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket heads to space on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

How to watch SpaceX launch largest ever commercial comms satellite on Friday

The ESA' Euclid telescope has a mission to map the dark matter in the universe.

We can’t see dark matter, but there is an ingenious way to map it

The Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie on Sept. 10, 2021 — sol 198 of the mission – in Jezero Crater after coring into a rock called ‘Rochette.’ Rock core samples from the floor of the crater will be brought back to Earth and analyzed to characterize the planet’s geology and past climate.

NASA’s Mars rover marvels at ‘big chunky weirdo’

A satellite image showing a wildfire on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Astonishing satellite images show impact of Greece wildfires

A Super Heavy booster on the launchpad at SpaceX's site in Texas.

SpaceX shares stunning night shot of Super Heavy on launchpad

Amazon's new Project Kuiper facility in Florida.

Amazon to build $120M facility at Kennedy for internet-from-space project

The bright star BD+17 2217. Arp 263 – also known as NGC 3239 in the foreground and irregular galaxy Arp 263 in the background.

Hubble image shows a lonely star glowing over an irregular background galaxy

Artist’s rendition of Janus, the blue-tinted dead cinder of a star that is composed primarily of hydrogen on one side and helium on the other (the hydrogen side appears brighter).

Weird white dwarf is hydrogen on one side and helium on the other

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the asteroid Dimorphos taken on 19 December 2022.

Hubble observes a cluster of boulders around impacted asteroid Dimorphos

An illustration of ESA's Aeolus satellite.

Defunct satellite to get first-ever assist for safe reentry

This image highlights the location of the galaxy JADES-GS-z6 in a portion of an area of the sky known as GOODS-South, which was observed as part of the JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey, or JADES.

James Webb spots ancient dust that could be from the earliest supernovas

The young planetary system PDS 70, located nearly 400 light-years away from Earth.

Astronomers spot first evidence of two planets sharing the same orbit

Two planets in one orbit? It could be possible, according to new research looking at planetary system PDS 70.
car sized object washed up on beach could be space junk australia

Car-sized object washed up on beach could be space junk

A large chunk of metal that suddenly appeared on an Australian beach is believed to have fallen from an Indian rocket.
A man in a small room with a Circadian Light glowing red.

Could the key to living in space be … a good lighting system?

Lighting is typically more of an afterthought when it comes to space habitats, but as it turns out, it may just be the most important part
Three NASA Orion spacecraft in production.

Trio of Orion spacecraft prepped for NASA moon missions

NASA has shared an image of three spacecraft that will play a central role in its next three Artemis missions to the moon.
A billowing pair of nearly symmetrical loops of dust and gas mark the death throes of an ancient red-giant star, as captured by Gemini South, one half of the International Gemini Observatory, operated by NSF’s NOIRLab. The resulting structure, said to resemble an old style of English jug, is a rarely seen bipolar reflection nebula. Evidence suggests that this object formed by the interactions between the dying red giant and a now-shredded companion star. The image was obtained by NOIRLab’s Communication, Education & Engagement team as part of the NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program.

This star shredded its companion to create a stunning double-lobed nebula

Nebulae are some of the most beautiful structures to be found in space. A new image from the Gemini South telescope shows an usual double-lobed nebula.
mars 2020 perseverance rover

Perseverance rover finds organic molecules in Mars’ Jezero Crater

The molecules are associated with life but can be created by other processes. So they aren't proof there was life there, but they are life's building blocks.
The planet Venus.

Here’s why scientists think life may have thrived on the ‘hell planet’ Venus

Venus is one of the most brutally inhospitable places in our solar system, but many scientists think life could have thrived there at one point. Here's why.
Rendering of a heat shield deploying over Venus.

Inside the crazy plan to scoop up and bring home a bit of the Venus atmosphere

Most missions collect samples and analyze them in situ with relatively basic instruments. This mission takes a totally different approach.
Virgin Galactic's space plane heading to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic sets date for first tourism flight with fee-paying civilians

Virgin Galactic has announced a date for its first space tourism flight involving civilians who've paid upward of $250,000 for the experience.
NASA's new crew transportation electric vehicles.

These new NASA EVs will drive astronauts part way to the moon (sort of)

NASA's Kennedy Space Center has taken delivery of three new fully electric vehicles that will play a role in the upcoming Artemis lunar missions.
The first anniversary image from the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope displays star birth like it’s never been seen before, full of detailed, impressionistic texture. The subject is the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth. It is a relatively small, quiet stellar nursery, but you’d never know it from Webb’s chaotic close-up. Jets bursting from young stars crisscross the image, impacting the surrounding interstellar gas and lighting up molecular hydrogen, shown in red. Some stars display the telltale shadow of a circumstellar disc, the makings of future planetary systems.

See the stunning image James Webb took to celebrate its first birthday

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and to celebrate NASA has shared another gorgeous image of space.
Blue Origin performing a ground-based test on a BE-4 engine.

Blue Origin suffers setback as one of its rocket engines explodes during test

A Blue Origin rocket engine exploded during a ground-based test last month in a setback for the spaceflight company owned by Jeff Bezos.
A section of a James Webb image showing a small part of the Extended Groth Strip, located between the Ursa Major and Boötes constellations.

Zoom into stunning James Webb image to see a galaxy formed 13.4 billion years ago

The visualization shows a small part of a region called the Extended Groth Strip, covering 5,000 galaxies and zooming in toward the distant Maisie's galaxy.
An artist impression of exoplanet LTT9779b orbiting its host star.

Astronomers spot the shiniest exoplanet ever discovered

Metallic clouds reflect sunlight and have helped the unusual planet to retain its atmosphere.
Celestron telescope with its many attachments.

This smart Celestron telescope is almost 50% off for Prime Day 2023

Prime Day is the perfect time to buy a telescope that's always been out of your price range. The Celestron StarSense dropped to $400 today.
The Indian Space Research Organization's lunar lander for the Chanrayaan-3 mission.

India aims to join exclusive club with Friday’s moon mission

India is just days away from its latest lunar mission in which it hopes to become only the fourth country to achieve a controlled, soft landing on the moon.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches with NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft onboard from Launch Complex 39A, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The IXPE spacecraft is the first satellite dedicated to measuring the polarization of X-rays from a variety of cosmic sources, such as black holes and neutron stars. Launch occurred at 1 a.m. EST.

Watch SpaceX achieve record 16th launch of first-stage Falcon 9 booster

SpaceX achieved a record 16th flight for one of its Falcon 9 first-stage boosters on Sunday night, highlighting the effectiveness of its unique system.
Artist's conception shows two merging black holes similar to those detected by LIGO.

Researchers want to use gravitational waves to learn about dark matter

A team of astronomers has come up with a method for using gravitational waves to study the mysterious phenomenon of dark matter.
The Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona. The LBTI instrument combines infrared light from both 8.4-meter mirrors to image planets and disks around young and nearby stars.

Astronomers spot an exoplanet creating spiral arms around its star

Astronomers investigated a giant exoplanet named MWC 758c which seems to be forming the spiral arms around its host star.
Juice flyby of Ganymede (artist’s impression)

How engineers on the ground fixed the Juice spacecraft’s stuck antenna

In April the Juice spacecraft launched to investigate the icy moons of Jupiter, but there was a problem: an antenna was stuck and wasn't deploying.
The peculiar galaxy NGC 3256 takes centre stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This distorted galaxy is the wreckage of a head-on collision between two spiral galaxies which likely occurred 500 million years ago, and it is studded with clumps of young stars which were formed as gas and dust from the two galaxies collided.

One galaxy, two views: see a comparison of images from Hubble and Webb

Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope operate in different wavelengths. That means that they can see different aspects of the same objects.
Crop of Webb's CEERS Survey image.

James Webb spots the most distant active supermassive black hole ever discovered

A very early example of a supermassive black holes was recently discovered, dating back to just 570 million years after the big bang.

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