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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.

Scientists have used the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter’s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) in a new mode of operation to record part of the Sun’s atmosphere that has been almost impossible to image until now. By covering the Sun’s bright disc with an ‘occulter’ inside the instrument, EUI can detect the million-times fainter ultraviolet light coming from the surrounding corona.

Help NASA in its quest to learn more about our sun

NASA is asking for volunteers to take part in research during April's total solar eclipse that will help it learn more about our sun.
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SpaceX already has a date in mind for next Starship launch

A view from inside Crew Dragon's emergency escape chute.

Take a high-speed ride on SpaceX’s emergency escape chute

NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya of Belarus pose for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on Nov. 2, 2023.

How to watch three crew members launch to the ISS on Thursday

Artist's impression of the Euclid mission in space.

Get out the scrapers: Euclid space telescope is getting deiced

Engineers fuel Boeing's Starliner spacecraft.

NASA and Boeing start fueling Starliner spacecraft for first crewed flight

A view of Earth captured from SpaceX's Starship spacecraft.

SpaceX shares awesome rocket imagery from Starship flight

SpaceX's Starship reentering Earth's atmosphere.

Watch SpaceX’s Starship burn brightly as it hurtles toward Earth

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SpaceX’s Starship reaches orbit on third test flight

ULA launching the Delta IV Heavy.

ULA sets date for final rocket flight of ‘the dependable Delta’

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Watch SpaceX’s cinematic video previewing Starship megarocket test

This colorful web of wispy gas filaments is the Vela Supernova Remnant, an expanding nebula of cosmic debris left over from a massive star that exploded about 11,000 years ago. This image was taken with the Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera (DECam), mounted on the US National Science Foundation's Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The striking reds, yellows, and blues in this image were achieved through the use of three DECam filters that each collect a specific color of light. Separate images were taken in each filter and then stacked on top of each other to produce this high-resolution image that contains 1.3 gigapixels and showcases the intricate web-like filaments snaking throughout the expanding cloud of gas.

See the stunning Vela supernova remnant in exquisite detail in expansive image

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How to watch SpaceX launch the third flight of its Starship rocket on Thursday

SpaceX has announced the time of its next test of its Starship rocket, which will be the third test flight of the vehicle to date. Here's how to watch.
Japan's Kairos rocket explodes seconds after launch.

Watch this Japanese rocket explode just seconds after launch

Watch this footage of a Japanese rocket exploding in dramatic fashion on Wednesday just seconds after getting airborne.
SpaceX's Starship spacecraft stacked atop the Super Heavy booster ahead of its third test flight.

SpaceX’s mighty Starship rocket stacked for 3rd test flight

SpaceX has shared photos showing its mighty Starship rocket stacked ahead of its third test flight, which could take place any day now.
Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, left, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa are seen inside the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft onboard the SpaceX recovery ship MEGAN shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Tuesday, March 12, 2024. Moghbeli, Mogensen, Furukawa, and Borisov are returning after nearly six-months in space as part of Expedition 70 aboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s Crew-7 astronauts splash down safely off the coast of Florida

NASA's Crew-7 mission has splashed down off the coast of Florida, with the four astronauts on board returning safely from the International Space Station.
SpaceX's Crew-6 reentering Earth's atmosphere.

How to watch homecoming SpaceX astronauts fly overhead on Tuesday

Folks in more than a dozen states will have a chance to see SpaceX's Crew-7 spacecraft fly overhead as it travels toward the landing zone early on Tuesday.
This image of NGC 5468, a galaxy located about 130 million light-years from Earth, combines data from the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. This is the most distant galaxy in which Hubble has identified Cepheid variable stars. These are important milepost markers for measuring the expansion rate of the Universe. The distance calculated from Cepheids has been cross-correlated with a Type Ia supernova in the galaxy. Type Ia supernovae are so bright they are used to measure cosmic distances far beyond the range of the Cepheids, extending measurements of the Universe’s expansion rate deeper into space.

The expansion rate of the universe still has scientists baffled

The question of how fast the universe is expanding confounds scientists, and new research using James Webb and Hubble doesn't make the answer any clearer.
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

NASA, Boeing delay Starliner’s first crewed flight again

NASA and Boeing have pushed the target launch date for the first crewed test flight of the Starliner spacecraft from April to May.
SpaceX Crew-7 aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft at the start of their mission in August 2023.

How to watch SpaceX Crew-7 return to Earth this week

Space's Crew-7 is getting ready to return home after more than six months aboard the ISS, and the key moments of the return journey will be live streamed.
Simplified diagram of space solar power concept..

Asimov’s vision of harvesting solar power from space could become a reality

Isaac Asimov's idea of harvesting solar power from space may not be a thing of fiction much longer as space agencies explore the concept.
This composite image shows the MWC 758 planet-forming disc, located about 500 light-years away in the Taurus region, as seen with two different facilities. The yellow colour represents infrared observations obtained with the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch (SPHERE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). The blue regions on the other hand correspond to observations performed with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

See planets being born in new images from the Very Large Telescope

Astronomers have peered into the disks of matter from which exoplanets form, looking at more than 80 young stars to see which have planets forming around them.
Part of NASA’s CADRE technology demonstration, three small rovers that will explore the Moon together show off their ability to drive as a team autonomously – without explicit commands from engineers – during a test in a clean room at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in December 2023.

Meet NASA’s trio of mini moon rovers set to launch next year

NASA introduces a trio of mini rovers which will work together as a team to map the lunar surface, testing out the possibilities of using rovers in groups.
The first photo of Earth taken from the surface of another planet.

It’s exactly 20 years since a Mars rover took this historic image

Twenty years ago, on March 8, a NASA Mars rover called Spirit made history when it captured a very special photograph.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster returning to Earth.

Surreal video shows SpaceX rocket booster coming home

SpaceX has shared a surreal video showing one of its Falcon 9 boosters returning to Earth shortly after launching four astronauts to the space station.
Earth as seen from the International Space Station.

Amazing Earth photos shared by outgoing ISS astronaut

Check out these amazing Earth images captured from the International Space Station by outgoing astronaut Andreas Mogensen.
SpaceX's Super Heavy and Starship.

SpaceX sets target date for third test of world’s most powerful rocket

SpaceX has revealed a target date for the third test flight of its mighty Starship rocket, the most powerful ever to fly.
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See what James Webb and Hubble are observing right now with this tool

If you're looking for a relaxing way to observe the fascinating sights of space on your lunch break, then a newly updated tool from NASA has you covered.
A Chinese taikonaut during a spacewalk.

This spacewalk is not as it may first appear

Spacewalks are challenging endeavors in harsh conditions — and they don't only take place at the International Space Station.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster coming in to land.

SpaceX is gearing up for a record-breaking rocket flight

SpaceX has set plenty of spaceflight records in its 22-year history, and in the coming weeks, one of its boosters is expected to set another one.
An illustration showing astronauts on the moon.

NASA puts out call for potential Mars astronauts

NASA has put out a call for wannabe astronauts, with those making it through the selection process likely heading to the moon and possibly even Mars.
This view of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa was captured by the JunoCam imager aboard NASA’s Juno spacecraft during the mission’s close flyby on Sept. 29, 2022.

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may be light on oxygen, lowering habitability hopes

New research pours cold water on the likelihood of Europa being habitable, as it seems that the moon produces less oxygen than previously thought.
A solar eclipse.

Warby Parker offering free eclipse specs for April’s celestial event

A total solar eclipse is coming the way of the U.S. next month and Warby Parker wants to help you view the spectacular celestial event safely.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying the Ax-3 crew departs from the space station in February 2024.

How to watch Crew-8 arrive at the space station tonight

SpaceX’s Crew-8 members are about to arrive at the International Space Station after launching from the Kennedy Space Center on Monday.

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