Two astronauts gear up for a historic SpaceX launch, Ben and Jerry's launches a moon-inspired ice cream flavor, and astronomers spot an ancient "ring of fire" galaxy. All this, and more top images from Space.com.
A multimedia look at SpaceX's Demo-2 launch attempt
While the Crew Dragon launch of Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley didn't fly on its first attempt Wednesday (May 27), the images, videos and tweets from the launch pad (and from people watching remotely around the world) were epic. Check out some of the comments from astronauts, senior NASA officials and celebrities.
Satellites capture the Demo-2 mission on the pad
From space, satellites captured the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket expected to carry the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station. Maxar's WorldView-3 satellite captured impressive views of the spacecraft and rocket from orbit, while astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were in a dress rehearsal for the eventual launch. Nobody has launched humans from Florida since the space shuttle fleet retired in 2011.
Tropical Storm Bertha rages in satellite photos
Tropical Storm Bertha was raging just off the South Carolina coast in the hours before SpaceX and NASA attempted to send astronauts into space from Florida on Wednesday (May 28). Numerous satellites captured the storm's power, including heavy rains and winds expected to cause issues in the coming days. Such satellite images are useful for improving storm prediction and also, for protecting any residents that may lie along the path of the storm.
Starry ring in space captured by telescopes
An ancient galaxy from 11 billion years ago -- long before our own solar system came to be -- came to light recently using the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii and the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy, called R5519, includes a flat ring of stars with a hole in the middle where a star cluster may have torn through, eons ago.
What a SpaceX mission to Mars might look like
While the world watches the SpaceX Demo-2 mission closely, the company has grander plans -- a mission to Mars. SpaceX has posted images and videos depicting what such an epic human endeavor may look like, as it ponders the complicated infrastructure to safely let people land and live on the surface. The eventual vision is not Martian bases, but Martian cities.
Ben & Jerry's goes lunar with new flavor
"Boots on the Moooo'n" is Ben & Jerry's latest Limited Batch flavor. It's inspired by a new Netflix original called "Space Force", which launches on Friday (May 29). The flavors include milk chocolate ice cream, fudge cows, almond toffee "meteor clusters" and sugar cookie dough at the core. The flavor was also the first from the company to ride into the stratosphere.