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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 Ingenuity helicopter.

NASA’s Mars helicopter has just set a new flight record

During its 35th flight on the red planet on Saturday, NASA's impressive Mars helicopter managed to set yet another aviation record.
An artist's depiction of the Orion spacecraft flying close to the moon.

How to watch NASA’s Orion spacecraft splash down on Sunday

How the SKA facility is expected to look when it's finished.

New radio telescope seeks to discover if we are alone in the universe

NASA's Orion spacecraft passing close to the moon.

Orion has close encounter with moon before heading home

Orion's first image of Earth.

How to track NASA’s Orion spacecraft on its voyage back to Earth

A new solar array unfurling at the space station in December 2022.

Watch space station’s new solar array unfurl in space

Illustration of China’s Tiangong space station.

China’s Tiangong space station has a new three-person crew

Over 100 meteors are recorded in this composite image taken during the peak of the Geminid meteor shower in 2014.

How to watch the Geminids Meteor shower this month

A camera mounted on one of Orion’s four solar arrays captured this image of the Moon on flight day 17 of the 25.5-day Artemis I mission from a distance of more than 222,000 miles from Earth. Orion has exited the distant lunar orbit and is heading for a Dec. 11 splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Orion spacecraft reenters moon’s gravity on its way home

By combining images of the iconic Pillars of Creation from two cameras aboard the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, the Universe has been framed in its infrared glory. Webb’s near-infrared image was fused with its mid-infrared image, setting this star-forming region ablaze with new details.

See Webb’s most beautiful image yet of the Pillars of Creation

Finder chart for Mars on 8 December.

How to see Mars at its brightest at opposition this week

Against a backdrop littered with tiny pinpricks of light glint a few, brighter stars. This whole collection is NGC 1858, an open star cluster in the northwest region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way that boasts an abundance of star-forming regions. NGC 1858 is estimated to be around 10 million years old.clock

Hubble captures an open star cluster in a nearby satellite galaxy

NASA’s uncrewed Orion spacecraft reached a maximum distance of nearly 270,000 miles from Earth during the Artemis I flight test before beginning its journey back toward Earth. Orion captured imagery of the Earth and Moon together from its distant lunar orbit, including this image on Nov. 28, 2022, taken from camera on one of the spacecraft’s solar array wings.

How to watch Orion’s return flyby of the moon on Monday

How to watch Orion’s return flyby of the moon on Monday

Before NASA's Orion spacecraft returns to Earth, it has to make a return flyby of the moon, scheduled for Monday, December 5.
Near-infrared Images of Saturn’s moon Titan, as seen by JWST on November 4, 2022 (left), followed by Keck Observatory’s NIRC2 instrument paired with adaptive optics on November 6, 2022 (middle) and November 7, 2022 (right).

James Webb and Keck Observatory see clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan

James Webb and Keck Observatory see clouds on Saturn’s moon Titan

Researchers using James Webb the Keck Observatory have teamed up to study Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and observe the way that clouds move around it.
Astronaut Josh Cassada is pictured during a spacewalk on Nov. 15, 2022, to ready the space station for future rollout solar array installation work.

Two spacewalkers are installing a new solar array on the ISS today

Two spacewalkers are installing a new solar array on the ISS today

Two NASA astronauts are currently on a spacewalk, working outside the International Space Station to install a new solar array.
NASA's Orion spacecraft and Earth.

NASA’s Orion spacecraft readies itself for long journey home

NASA’s Orion spacecraft readies itself for long journey home

Two weeks after leaving Earth on a mission to the moon, NASA’s Orion spacecraft has fired its main engine to put it on a course for the long journey home.
Mars slipping behind the moon.

NASA’s skywatching highlights for December include a lunar occultation

NASA’s skywatching highlights for December include a lunar occultation

This month offers a great opportunity to witness a lunar occultation of Mars, when the red planet slips behind our nearest neighbor.
The moon and Earth as seen from the Orion spacecraft in November 2022.

Watch NASA’s cinematic video of the Artemis I moon mission

Watch NASA’s cinematic video of the Artemis I moon mission

NASA has released a cinematic video of the current Artemis I mission, featuring some of the best footage and photos captured so far.
The moon and Earth as seen from the Orion spacecraft in November 2022.

This is the stunning view humans will soon get to experience

This is the stunning view humans will soon get to experience

NASA has released an astonishing image of the moon and Earth that astronauts will soon get to experience for themselves.
NASA's Lunar Flashlight spacecraft.

How to watch SpaceX launch NASA’s Lunar Flashlight mission

How to watch SpaceX launch NASA’s Lunar Flashlight mission

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight satellite will search the moon's surface for water ice in places that haven't seen sunlight in billions of years.
Earth and the moon seen from NASA's Orion spacecraft.

NASA’s moon spacecraft sets new distance record

NASA’s moon spacecraft sets new distance record

NASA's recently launched Orion capsule has set a new distance record for a spacecraft that's designed to carry humans to space.
The view from the Orion spacecraft as it launched on NASA's SLS rocket in November 2022.

Rocket footage shows awesome new view of Orion spacecraft launch

Rocket footage shows awesome new view of Orion spacecraft launch

The European Space Agency has just released a video showing an awesome view of the Orion spacecraft launching on NASA's SLS rocket earlier this month.
This time-lapse photograph was taken by astronomer Robert Weryk from near his home in London, Ontario, Canada, after NASA’s Scout system forewarned him about the entry of 2022 WJ1 on Nov. 19, 2022. The resulting fireball streaked directly overhead and continued east until it broke up.

How astronomers worked together to spot an asteroid before it hit Earth

How astronomers worked together to spot an asteroid before it hit Earth

This month, a small asteroid entered the sky above Toronto. It was one of the first few asteroids to strike Earth that we knew was coming.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo craft lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station on Nov. 26, 2022.

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft delivers new solar arrays and more to ISS

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft delivers new solar arrays and more to ISS

A SpaceX Dragon arrived at the International Space Station this morning, carrying scientific experiments as well as a pair of new solar arrays for the station.
New observations of WASP-39b with the JWST have provided a clearer picture of the exoplanet, showing the presence of sodium, potassium, water, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide in the planet's atmosphere. This artist's illustration also displays newly detected patches of clouds scattered across the planet.

James Webb gets most detailed look yet at an exoplanet’s atmosphere

James Webb gets most detailed look yet at an exoplanet’s atmosphere

Astronomers have used the James Webb Space Telescope to get the most in-depth look yet at the atmosphere of planet WASP-39 b.
This infrared image of the Orion Nebula features plenty of dust but no stars. In these infrared wavelengths, it’s possible to see hot spots where new stars are forming, while unseen bright, massive stars have carved out caverns of empty space.

See a stunning image of the Orion nebula stellar nursery

See a stunning image of the Orion nebula stellar nursery

Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky, and within the constellation is a nebula that is a busy region of star formation.
The galaxy merger Arp-Madore 417-391 steals the spotlight in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Arp-Madore catalog is a collection of particularly peculiar galaxies spread throughout the southern sky, and includes a collection of subtly interacting galaxies as well as more spectacular colliding galaxies. Arp-Madore 417-391, which lies around 670 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus in the southern celestial hemisphere, is one such galactic collision. The two galaxies were distorted by gravity and twisted into a colossal ring, leaving their cores nestled side by side.

Hubble captures a pair of galaxies merging into an unusual ring shape

Hubble captures a pair of galaxies merging into an unusual ring shape

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a collection of galaxies, with an unusual merging pair stealing the show.
The black hole in V404 Cygni is actively pulling material away from a companion star — with about half the mass of the Sun — into a disk around the invisible object. A burst of X-rays from the black hole detected in 2015 created the high-energy rings from a phenomenon known as light echoes, where light bounces off of dust clouds in between the system and Earth. In these images, X-rays from Chandra are shown, along with optical data from the Pan-STARRS telescope that depict the stars in the field of view.

Listen to the spooky echoes of a black hole

Listen to the spooky echoes of a black hole

As well as admiring beautiful pictures of space you can listen to them via sonifications, like these X-ray rings echoing around a black hole in V404 Cygni.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the company’s Dragon cargo spacecraft atop, is raised to a vertical position at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Nov. 21, 2022, in preparation for the 26th commercial resupply services launch to the International Space Station.

All the science that’s launching to the space station today

All the science that’s launching to the space station today

Today, a SpaceX Dragon craft will launch to the International Space Station. Packed inside are wide range of science experiments and technology demonstrations.
Artist’s conception of a gas giant exoplanet orbiting around a Sun-like star. The young exoplanet HD 114082 b revolves around its Sun-like star within 110 days at a distance of 0.5 astronomical units.

Strangely chonky exoplanet has astronomers puzzled

Strangely chonky exoplanet has astronomers puzzled

Astronomers recently discovered a hefty exoplanet orbiting a star similar to our sun, and it has researchers puzzled due to its tremendous density.
View of the Moon seen from ESA's European Service Module that is powering NASA's Orion spacecraft to the Moon and back, on flight day nine of the Artemis I mission, on 24 November 2022.

Orion spacecraft enters distant retrograde orbit around the moon

Orion spacecraft enters distant retrograde orbit around the moon

NASA's Orion spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon, marking the start of its week-long orbit as part of the Artemis I mission.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the company’s 22nd Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station.

How to watch SpaceX launch its new Cargo Dragon capsule to ISS

How to watch SpaceX launch its new Cargo Dragon capsule to ISS

SpaceX is gearing up to launch a newly built Cargo Dragon spacecraft on a supply mission to the International Space Station on Saturday, November 26.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter.

Ingenuity takes shortest flight in Martian aviation history

Ingenuity takes shortest flight in Martian aviation history

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter recently completed its shortest-ever flight that successfully tested two new capabilities.
spacex launch booster 11th time falcon9

SpaceX launches booster for 11th time, but this time it didn’t return

SpaceX launches booster for 11th time, but this time it didn’t return

SpaceX sent one of its boosters skyward for the 11th time on Tuesday evening. However, unlike its 10 previous flights, this time it didn't return.