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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.

Boeing Space's Starliner spacecraft.

How to watch the first crewed flight of the Starliner spacecraft

NASA has just released the latest flight schedule for the first crewed test mission involving Boeing's Starliner spacecraft.
The world's most powerful rocket on the launchpad.

SpaceX reveals target date for next test of Starship megarocket

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the space station during an uncrewed test flight.

NASA now aiming to launch Starliner astronauts flight next month

This image is released as part of the Early Release Observations from ESA’s Euclid space mission. All data from these initial observations are made public on 23 May 2024 – including a handful of unprecedented new views of the nearby Universe, this being one. This breathtaking image features Messier 78 (the central and brightest region), a vibrant nursery of star formation enveloped in a shroud of interstellar dust. This image is unprecedented – it is the first shot of this young star-forming region at this width and depth.

Euclid space telescope captures stunning images of far-off galaxies

TOI-1798, a system that is home to two planets. The inner planet is a strange Super-Earth so close to its star, one year on this alien world lasts only half an Earth day.

Exoplanet catalog details over 100 worlds beyond our solar system

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon approaching the space station.

SpaceX spacecraft looks amazing in this new museum display

A SpaceX Raptor rocket engines explodes during testing.

Watch this SpaceX Raptor engine blow up during testing

This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Psyche spacecraft headed to the metal-rich asteroid Psyche in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The spacecraft launched in October 2023 and will arrive at its destination in 2029.

Why the Psyche spacecraft’s futuristic electric thrusters glow blue

Gliese 12 b, which orbits a cool, red dwarf star located just 40 light-years away, promises to tell astronomers more about how planets close to their stars retain or lose their atmospheres. In this artist’s concept, Gliese 12 b is shown retaining a thin atmosphere.

Astronomers discover rare ‘exo-Venus’ just 40 light-years away

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the space station during an uncrewed test flight.

First crewed test flight of Boeing Starliner delayed again, with no new launch date set

Arianespace's animation showing the launch of its next-gen Ariane 6 rocket.

New rocket on course for maiden flight this summer

A Starlink dish.

SpaceX’s Starlink internet service reaches milestone

SpaceX's Starship rocket on the launchpad.

SpaceX photos show important Starship preflight rehearsal

SpaceX is another step closer to the fourth test flight of the world’s most powerful rocket after engineers conducted a prelaunch rehearsal on Monday.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launching for the 21st time in May 2024.

A SpaceX rocket just set a new flight record

SpaceX's ability to launch and land the same first-stage booster multiple times has revolutionized access to space due to the lower costs that it brings.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the space station during an uncrewed test flight.

Boeing’s Starliner won’t fly on Tuesday after all

The launch of the Starliner spacecraft's first crewed flight has been delayed by another four days, with NASA now targeting May 25 for launch.
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image captures a triple-star star system.

Hubble catches a baby star pulsating in a triple star system

A gorgeous new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a triple star system, including HP Tau, that's less than 10 million years old.
NS-25 astronauts during training at Launch Site One. (May 18, 2024)

First Black astronaut candidate finally reaches space at age 90

NASA's first Black astronaut candidate, Ed Dwight, was selected for training in 1961 but never got the chance to travel to space -- until now.
Jupiter’s moon Europa was captured by the JunoCam instrument aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft during the mission’s close flyby on Sept. 29, 2022. The images show the fractures, ridges, and bands that crisscross the moon’s surface.

Stunning images of Jupiter’s moon Europa show it has a floating icy shell

NASA's Juno mission has imaged Jupiter's intriguing moon Europa, a top target of habitability research due to its liquid water ocean beneath a thick icy crust.
An artist's impression of the Rosalind Franklin rover on Mars.

NASA to help with the launch of Europe’s unlucky Mars rover

Europe's unlucky Mars rover, known as Rosalind Franklin, has gotten a boost thanks to a new cooperation agreement with NASA.
NASA astronauts training in Arizona.

NASA conducts ‘moonwalks’ in the Arizona desert for Artemis lunar mission

Being an astronaut isn't always glamorous, as years of training and research are carried out on terra firma prior to a crewed mission.
SpaceX's Starship rocket being stacked.

Watch SpaceX stack Starship rocket ahead of fourth test flight

SpaceX chief Elon Musk shared a video on Thursday showing the mighty Starship rocket being stacked on the launchpad ahead of its fourth test flight.
A coronal aurora appeared over southwestern British Columbia on May 10, 2024.

How your aurora photographs are helping NASA study solar storms

The most dramatic solar storm in decades wasn't only notable for the gorgeous colors seen in the sky -- it's also a way for scientists to learn about the sun.
Artist concept of novel approach proposed by a 2024 NIAC Phase II awardee for possible future missions depicting lunar surface with planet Earth on the horizon.

NASA eyes levitating robot train for the moon

NASA is considering building a railway on the moon that uses levitating robots to move payloads around the lunar surface.
Boeing's Starliner spacecraft at the space station during an uncrewed test flight.

First crewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft delayed again

The first crewed flight of the Starliner spacecraft has been delayed again while engineers fix an issue with the Boeing-made vehicle.
SpaceX's Super Heavy and Starship.

Elon Musk reveals when he expects Starship megarocket to fly again

SpaceX boss Elon Musk has shared a time frame for when he believes its powerful Starship rocket will embark on its fourth test flight.
SpaceX's Starship rocket lifting off in November 2023.

SpaceX facing FAA review of Starship launches from Kennedy

SpaceX will have to pass an environmental review before it can launch its powerful Starship rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash toward the middle of the image – on May 10, 2024. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares and which is colorized in gold.

Extreme solar storms create gorgeous views of auroras across the planet

The sun has been unusually active this week, leading to stunning views of auroras across Europe and parts of the U.S. this weekend.
This cloudy, ominous structure is CG 4, a cometary globule nicknamed ‘God’s Hand’. CG 4 is one of many cometary globules present within the Milky Way, and how these objects get their distinct form is still a matter of debate among astronomers. This image was captured by the Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera on the U.S. National Science Foundation Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of NSF NOIRLab. In it, the features that classify CG 4 as a cometary globule are hard to miss. Its dusty head and long, faint tail vaguely resemble the appearance of a comet, though they have nothing in common. Astronomers theorize that cometary globules get their structure from the stellar winds of nearby hot, massive stars.

Dark Energy Camera captures the gorgeous ‘God’s Hand’ globule

A stunning new image from the Dark Energy Camera shows an unusually shaped structure in the Gum Nebula called a cometary globule.
This artist’s concept shows what the exoplanet 55 Cancri e could look like. Also called Janssen, 55 Cancri e is a so-called super-Earth, a rocky planet significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune, which orbits its star at a distance of only 2.25 million kilometres (0.015 astronomical units), completing one full orbit in less than 18 hours. In comparison, Mercury is 25 times farther from the Sun than 55 Cancri e is from its star. The system, which also includes four large gas-giant planets, is located about 41 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cancer.

James Webb telescope peers at the atmosphere of a rocky hell world

The James Webb Space Telescope recently investigated an exoplanet that could have the first atmosphere of a rocky planet discovered outside the solar system.
ULA's Atlas V rocket and Boeing Space's Starliner spacecraft on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA reveals new target date for first crewed Starliner launch

Following Monday's postponement of the launch of the first crewed Starliner flight, NASA has revealed a new target date for the highly anticipated mission.
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

Ever wondered what it would be like to fall into a supermassive black hole? A new 360-degree video from NASA attempts to answer that very question.
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

Following the last-minute scrub of the first crewed test flight of the Boeing Starliner, NASA will make another launch attempt on May 10 at the earliest.
The Atlas V rocket and Starliner spacecraft on the launchpad.

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

A technical issue forced NASA engineers to call off Monday's first crewed launch of the Starliner spacecraft just two hours before liftoff.

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