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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.

Astrobotic's Peregrine lander.

Peregrine spacecraft snaps stunning Earth photo just before burning up

Astrobotic's has shared a stunning image of Earth captured by its failed Peregrine spacecraft shortly after it burned up in Earth's atmosphere.
Axiom Space's crewed Axiom-3 mission leaving the launchpad.

Watch Axiom Space’s first all-European mission blast off the launchpad

Astrobotic's Peregrine lander.

Astrobotic reveals time and place of Peregrine spacecraft reentry

The Axiom 3 mission waiting to launch.

SpaceX has set a new date for Axiom-3 crewed rocket launch

An illustration showing Earth-orbiting space junk.

Ground-fired lasers to be tested in fight against space junk

Astrobotic's Peregrine lander.

NASA confirms burn-up date for failed Peregrine spacecraft

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center ahead of its Crew-5 mission.

SpaceX needs good weather for Wednesday’s crewed launch. Here’s the forecast

SpaceX's Super Heavy and Starship.

Flights to any city in less than 60 minutes? Musk still thinks it’s possible

The orbit of Peregrine, Astrobotic's damaged lunar lander.

Astrobotic reveals how things will end for its troubled Peregrine spacecraft

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features Arp 122, a peculiar galaxy that in fact comprises two galaxies – NGC 6040, the tilted, warped spiral galaxy and LEDA 59642, the round, face-on spiral – that are in the midst of a collision.

Hubble images a pair of galaxies caught in the process of merging

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx curation engineer, Neftali Hernandez, attaches one of the tools developed to help remove two final fasteners that prohibited complete disassembly of the TAGSAM (Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism) head that holds the remainder of material collected from asteroid Bennu. Engineers on the team, based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, developed new tools that freed the fasteners on Jan. 10.

NASA cracks open its first sample from an asteroid, foiling two sticky screws

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is pictured docked to the space-facing port on the International Space Station’s Harmony module.

How to watch the Axiom 3 mission launch on Thursday

NASA’s X-59 quiet supersonic research aircraft sits on the apron outside Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility at dawn in Palmdale, California. The X-59 is the centerpiece of NASA’s Quesst mission, which seeks to address one of the primary challenges to supersonic flight over land by making sonic booms quieter.

NASA shows off its experimental, quiet supersonic aircraft, the X-59

Created along with Lockheed Martin, a new aircraft is designed to reduce the sonic boom created by traveling faster than the speed of sound to a sonic thump.
Like Kepler-10 b, illustrated above, the exoplanet HD 63433 d is a small, rocky planet in a tight orbit of its star. HD 63433 d is the smallest confirmed exoplanet younger than 500 million years old. It's also the closest discovered Earth-sized planet this young, at about 400 million years old.

Astronomers discover extremely hot exoplanet with ‘lava hemisphere’

An Earth-sized orbits a star similar to our sun, but much, much closer - meaning it has surface temperatures of nearly 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Astrobotic's Peregrine lander.

Astrobotic’s Peregrine keeps on flying, but for how much longer?

Despite a damaging propellant leak, Astrobotic's Peregrine spacecraft continues to operate and gather data. But it doesn't have long left.
A photo from the Peregrine spacecraft showing Earth in the top right.

Astrobotic’s Peregrine snapped a special photo on its doomed moon mission

Astrobotic, operator of the failed Peregrine lunar mission, has confirmed that the spacecraft managed to snap a rather special photo on its journey.
SpaceX's Starship rocket lifting off in November 2023.

SpaceX reveals anticipated date for third Starship test flight

SpaceX has said the main aim of the next Starship mission is to increase its performance and get the spacecraft to orbit – and it could take place soon.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter.

NASA’s Mars helicopter forced to cut short latest flight

NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, only managed to fly a third of its planned distance during its second flight, and its team back on Earth says it knows why.
The first image of Astrobotic's Peregrine spacecraft.

Astrobotic thinks it knows what caused propellant leak on Peregrine moon lander

Astrobotic says it thinks it knows what caused Monday's propellant leak that dashed hopes of its Peregrine lander reaching the lunar surface.
An illustration showing astronauts on the moon.

NASA delays first crewed Artemis missions to the moon

NASA is delaying the Artemis II and III crewed missions to the moon to give its teams more time to ensure everything is ready for the ambitious flights.
The first image of Astrobotic's Peregrine spacecraft.

Check out the first image from Peregrine lunar lander

The first image beamed back by Astrobotic’s Peregrine spacecraft provides the first visual evidence of a propulsion system anomaly.
The launch of Peregrine Mission 1 by a new ULA rocket, the Vulcan Centaur.

Historic moon mission launches successfully from Kennedy

A mission to send the first U.S. lander to the moon in five decades, and the first to put a privately built lander on the lunar surface, has launched safely.
SpaceX's Starship rocket lifting off in November 2023.

Five rocket launches to look out for in 2024

This year promises to be an exciting one for fans of rocket technology. Here are some of the notable launches to look out for over the coming months.
A ULA Vulcan on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

How to watch the first U.S. commercial moon mission launch tonight

Tonight will see a ULA rocket launch the first U.S. commercial mission to the lunar surface. Here's how to watch a live stream of the event.
This image revealing the north polar region of the Jovian moon Io was taken on October 15 by NASA’s Juno. Three of the mountain peaks visible in the upper part of image, near the day-night dividing line, were observed here for the first time by the spacecraft’s JunoCam.

See the dramatic, volcanic moon Io in new Juno images

NASA's Juno spacecraft recently made a close flyby of the solar system's most volcanic body, the Jovian moon of Io.
Voyager 2 took this image as it approached the planet Uranus on Jan. 14, 1986. The planet's hazy bluish color is due to the methane in its atmosphere, which absorbs red wavelengths of light.

Neptune isn’t really dark blue, new study demonstrates

Most people think of Uranus and Neptune as pale greenish blue and royal blue. But a new study shows the two planets are actually a very similar color.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope features a richness of spiral galaxies.

Hubble captures a busy frame of four overlapping spiral galaxies

This week's image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a host of galaxies all overlapping each other in a complex swirl.
An illustration of NASA's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) on the lunar surface.

Fly your name to the moon as part of historic NASA mission

NASA is giving everyone the chance to add their name to the historic VIPER mission featuring its first-ever robotic lunar rover.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 engine burns against an orbital sunset.

Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 engine burn against orbital sunset backdrop

SpaceX has released remarkable footage showing one of its rocket engines burning against the beautiful backdrop of an orbital sunset.
This is an artist’s impression of the exoplanet WASP 121-b, also known as Tylos. The exoplanet’s appearance is based on Hubble data of the object. Using Hubble observations, another team of scientists had previously reported the detection of heavy metals such as magnesium and iron escaping from the upper atmosphere of the ultra-hot Jupiter exoplanet, marking it as the first of such detection. The exoplanet is orbiting dangerously close to its host star, roughly 2.6% of the distance between Earth and the Sun, placing it on the verge of being ripped apart by its host star's tidal forces. The powerful gravitational forces have altered the planet's shape.

See the weather patterns on a wild, super hot exoplanet

Planet WASP-121 b has a surface temperature of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which researchers predict would lead to some wild weather phenomena.
This deep dataset from Chandra of the remains of a supernova known as 30 Doradus B (30 Dor B) reveals evidence for more than one supernova explosion in the history of this remnant. Unusual structures in the Chandra data cannot be explained by a single explosion. These images of 30 Dor B also show optical data from the Blanco telescope in Chile, and infrared data from Spitzer. Additional data from Hubble highlights sharp features in the image.

Four telescopes work together to create a gorgeous image of a supernova remnant

A stunning new image of a supernova remnant combines data from four different telescopes to show a colorful, detailed picture of a busy region of space.
An image from the Quadrantid meteor shower.

How to watch the Quadrantid meteor shower hit its peak tonight

Tonight will see the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the lesser-known meteor showers of the year. Here's how to watch it in person or online.
SpaceX tests the engines on its Super Heavy booster.

Watch SpaceX wrap up 2023 with spectacular Super Heavy rocket test

SpaceX wrapped up a busy 2023 with a blast of all 33 Raptor engines on its Super Heavy rocket – the most powerful in the world – ahead of its next test flight.
London welcomes in 2024 with a display of drones and fireworks.

Watch London ring in 2024 with drones, and a LOT of fireworks

London has just welcomed the New Year with a massive fireworks display that also deployed drones during the 15-minute extravaganza.

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