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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.

An orbital sunrise as seen from a SpaceX rocket.

SpaceX shares footage of gorgeous orbital sunrise

SpaceX has shared footage of a stunning orbital sunrise captured during the deployment of another batch of Starlink satellites.
A black hole according to NASA's 360-degree video.

NASA 360-degree video shows what it’s like to plunge into a black hole

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex-41 on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

First crewed launch of Boeing Starliner rescheduled to later this week

The Atlas V rocket and Starliner spacecraft on the launchpad.

Starliner’s first crewed launch called off just two hours before liftoff

A graphic displaying Boeing’s spacesuit for Starliner astronauts.

Here are the new spacesuits astronauts will wear for tonight’s Starliner launch

The Starliner astronauts arrive at the launchpad for the spacecraft's first crewed flight.

Starliner astronauts arrive at launchpad for first crewed flight tonight

spacex spacesuit first private spacewalk

Check out SpaceX’s new spacesuit for first private spacewalk

Boeing Space's Starliner spacecraft.

First crewed Starliner test needs good weather for launch. Here’s the forecast

The Orion crew module for NASA’s Artemis II mission.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft has ‘critical issues’ with its heat shield, report finds

Image of a piece of space debris seen from Astroscale's ADRAS-J satellite.

Japanese satellite chases down space junk

This mosaic is made up of more than 100 images captured by NASA’s Viking 1 orbiter, which operated around Mars from 1976 to 1980. The scar across the center of the planet is the vast Valles Marineris canyon system.

NASA selects 9 companies to work on low-cost Mars projects

This artist’s concept shows what the hot gas-giant exoplanet WASP-43 b could look like. WASP-43 b is a Jupiter-sized planet circling a star roughly 280 light-years away, in the constellation Sextans. The planet orbits at a distance of about 1.3 million miles (0.014 astronomical units, or AU), completing one circuit in about 19.5 hours. Because it is so close to its star, WASP-43 b is probably tidally locked: its rotation rate and orbital period are the same, such that one side faces the star at all times.

James Webb observes extremely hot exoplanet with 5,000 mph winds

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft docked at the ISS.

Watch SpaceX’s Crew Dragon take one of its shortest journeys on Thursday

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is about to take a very short journey at the International Space Station and you can watch a live stream of the maneuver.
Boeing Space's Starliner spacecraft.

How to watch the first crewed flight of the Starliner spacecraft

NASA has just released the targeted flight schedule for the first crewed test mission involving Boeing's Starliner spacecraft.
The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has captured the sharpest infrared images to date of one of the most distinctive objects in our skies, the Horsehead Nebula. These observations show a part of the iconic nebula in a whole new light, capturing its complexity with unprecedented spatial resolution. Webb’s new images show part of the sky in the constellation Orion (The Hunter), in the western side of the Orion B molecular cloud. Rising from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33, which resides roughly 1300 light-years away.

James Webb captures the edge of the beautiful Horsehead Nebula

A new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows the sharpest infrared view to date of a portion of the famous Horsehead Nebula.
A Falcon 9 booster launches for a record-equalling 20th time.

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster equals flight record, but does not land this time

SpaceX flew a first-stage Falcon 9 booster for the 20th time on Saturday, equaling a record set by another Falcon 9 booster earlier this month.
The lunar surface.

China confirms target date for landing taikonauts on the moon

Space officials in China say they're on track to put the nation's first taikonauts on the lunar surface before the end of this decade.
NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams prepare for their mission in the company’s Starliner spacecraft simulator at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA gives Starliner’s first crewed launch the go-ahead

With the first crewed test flight of the new Boeing Starliner spacecraft less than two weeks away, NASA has given the go-ahead for the launch.
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room at the Astrotech Space Operations facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec. 8, 2022. DSOC’s gold-capped flight laser transceiver can be seen, near center, attached to the spacecraft.

Psyche spacecraft sends data back to Earth using lasers for the first time

NASA's experimental laser communication system, riding along with the Psyche spacecraft, has transmitted Psyche data from over 140 million miles away.
China's Tiangong space station shown from above.

China’s space station was hit by space junk

China's space agency says it has successfully repaired damage to its space station after it was struck by space debris.
A Tour of Cassiopeia A & Crab Nebula Timelapses

See incredible time lapses of two of space’s most famous objects

Two striking time lapses from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory show how two famous objects have changed over the last two decades.
A Falcon 9 achieves SpaceX's 300th booster landing.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket just completed a milestone mission

SpaceX achieved its 300th successful touchdown of a Falcon 9 first-stage booster on Tuesday, nine years after landing the first one.
In celebration of the 34th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s legendary Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers took a snapshot of the Little Dumbbell Nebula, also known as Messier 76, or M76, located 3,400 light-years away in the northern circumpolar constellation Perseus. The name 'Little Dumbbell' comes from its shape that is a two-lobed structure of colorful, mottled, glowing gases resembling a balloon that’s been pinched around a middle waist. Like an inflating balloon, the lobes are expanding into space from a dying star seen as a white dot in the center. Blistering ultraviolet radiation from the super-hot star is causing the gases to glow. The red color is from nitrogen, and blue is from oxygen.

Celebrate Hubble’s 34th birthday with this gorgeous nebula image

Tomorrow is the 34th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble. To celebrate, Hubble scientists have shared an image of the striking Little Dumbbell Nebula.
The official crew portrait for NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test. Left is Suni Williams, who will serve as the pilot, and to the right is Barry “Butch” Wilmore, spacecraft commander.

Astronauts take major step toward Starliner’s first crewed flight

After numerous delays across many years, NASA is closer than ever to launching its first astronauts aboard the Boeing-made CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.
NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is depicted in this artist’s concept traveling through interstellar space, or the space between stars, which it entered in 2012.

Voyager 1 spacecraft is still alive and sending signals to Earth

NASA has announced that it is back in contact with Voyager 1, around five months after communications with the spacecraft were disrupted.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter.

NASA video maps all 72 flights taken by Mars Ingenuity helicopter

NASA has shared a video that maps all 72 of the flights taken on Mars by its trailblazing Ingenuity helicopter during its almost three-year mission.
The JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno captured this view of Jupiter’s moon Io — with the first-ever image of its south polar region — during the spacecraft’s 60th flyby of Jupiter on April 9.

See a flyby of Io, a hellish moon with lakes of lava and an otherworldly mountain

NASA's Juno spacecraft has been investigating Jupiter's moon Io, the most volcanically active body in the solar system, and has observed some dramatic features.
An artist's impression of NASA's Dragonfly drone.

Watch how NASA plans to land a car-sized drone on Titan

Watch the cool way in which NASA is aiming to land its car-sized Dragonfly drone on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
Astronomers have found the most massive stellar black hole in our galaxy, thanks to the wobbling motion it induces on a companion star. This artist’s impression shows the orbits of both the star and the black hole, dubbed Gaia BH3, around their common centre of mass. This wobbling was measured over several years with the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission. Additional data from other telescopes, including ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, confirmed that the mass of this black hole is 33 times that of our Sun. The chemical composition of the companion star suggests that the black hole was formed after the collapse of a massive star with very few heavy elements, or metals, as predicted by theory.

Biggest stellar black hole to date discovered in our galaxy

Astronomers have discovered a large stellar mass black hole that weighs 33 times the mass of the sun and is located just 2,000 light-years away.
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the barred spiral galaxy UGC 12158 looks like someone took a white marking pen to it. In reality it is a combination of time exposures of a foreground asteroid moving through Hubble’s field of view, photobombing the observation of the galaxy. Several exposures of the galaxy were taken, which is evidenced by the dashed pattern.

Hubble discovers over 1,000 new asteroids thanks to photobombing

Astronomers have used 19 years' worth of Hubble data to detect over 1,000 previously unknown asteroids in our solar system.
An artist's impression of NASA's Dragonfly drone.

NASA gives green light to mission to send car-sized drone to Saturn moon

NASA’s Mars helicopter mission is now officially over, but following it is an even more complex flying machine destined to explore Saturn’s largest moon.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover. This image was taken on April 5, the 45th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

Final communications sent to the beloved Ingenuity Mars helicopter

NASA's hugely successful Mars helicopter Ingenuity will continue saving data in case future explorers should come its way again.
An illustration of NASA's Sample Return Lander shows it tossing a rocket in the air like a toy from the surface of Mars.

NASA needs a new approach for its challenging Mars Sample Return mission

NASA is seeking new ideas for its Mars Sample Return mission after admitting that its previous plan to bring samples from Mars back to Earth was too ambitious.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft being stacked on the Atlas V rocket.

Starliner spacecraft just took a major step toward first crewed flight

Boeing has stacked the Starliner spacecraft atop an Atlas V rocket ahead of the capsule's first crewed flight to orbit next month.

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