Spaceflight Archive
30 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
This month the European Space Agency took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the European Space Agency's Philae lander, the first probe ever to touch down on one of these icy objects.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Philae has been incommunicado on the surface of Comet 67P for three weeks. The lander team would love to get Philae up and running again soon, so they can get an up-close look at how the comet is affected by its Aug. 13 closest solar approach.
30 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
ESA’s Rosetta probe, orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, deployed its Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014, but it bounced across the comet’s face.
30 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
29 July 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a little bit of fun with a Red Camera, antacid tablet and a water bubble
29 July 2015, 08:30 AM ET
The photo shows SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold floating back to Earth via parachute on Oct. 31, just moments after the vehicle broke apart in a test-flight disaster that killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury.
29 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The Space Launch System megarocket, scheduled to fly for the first time in 2018, will blast unmanned spacecraft toward their targets at unprecedented speeds, dramatically reducing interplanetary travel times, advocates say.
29 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
28 July 2015, 08:20 PM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
28 July 2015, 04:51 PM ET
In order to begin addressing looming problem of human-created orbital debris, the Swiss Clean Space One project is developing a satellite to capture a test Cubesat.
28 July 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The fatal breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo space plane last year was caused by a co-pilot error, as well as the failure of the spacecraft's builders to anticipate such a catastrophic mistake, federal safety investigators say.
28 July 2015, 02:52 PM ET
The pilots hired to fly SpaceShipTwo have extensive flight and spaceflight experience.
28 July 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The founder of Virgin Group gives a statement in regards to the report. The NTSB found that the co-pilot triggered the failure.
28 July 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The NTSB has released video showing several angles of the doomed SpaceShipTwo flight, from initial separation from the White Knight carrier aircraft to the moment when the ‘feather’ was manually unlocked, too early in the flight, causing the accident
28 July 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Incident investigators find that SpaceShipTwo’s re-entry feather system was manually unlocked too early in the flight causing extreme aerodynamic loading leading to catastrophic structural failure.
28 July 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Traveling at a breakneck speed of about 3700 mph (1652 m/s) in orbit around the moon, NASA LRO ‘drivers’ plan, program, upload, monitor and tweak - over and over again every day.
28 July 2015, 10:07 AM ET
The Smithsonian's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize, and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit rocketed to success and is now reaching to "reboot" Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 suit and other historic space artifacts.
28 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
A team of engineers has been at work for the past three years to develop a space cleanup satellite. The intent is to eliminate threatening, human-made orbital debris. The worry is not new – there’s lots of clutter to pick and choose from.
28 July 2015, 07:04 AM ET
See how Switzerland plans to clean up space junk using a small claw-equipped satellite.
28 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A new image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft highlights an impact basin on the Saturn moon Tethys. Called Odysseus, the 280-mile-wide (450 kilometers) impact basin is nearly half as wide as the satellite itself.
28 July 2015, 03:23 AM ET
You've been blown out your spaceship's airlock without a spacesuit — now what?
27 July 2015, 05:50 PM ET
Scientists and engineers had to work at breakneck speed to get New Horizons launched during a brief window in January 2006, or the probe's highly anticipated Pluto encounter would have been pushed into 2016 at the earliest.
27 July 2015, 03:30 PM ET
The dream of returning humans to the moon could become a reality for the relatively low price of $10 billion, as long as NASA is willing to buy from private spaceflight companies, a new report shows.
27 July 2015, 03:20 PM ET
The UK Space Agency has released its National Strategy for Space Environments and Human Spaceflight. This strategy covers a range of scientific and technical disciplines, giving a picture for activities that use the space environment.
27 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern and other space scientists will discuss solar system exploration with members of the U.S. House of Representatives' science committee during a hearing at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday (July 28). Watch it live here.
27 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket will launch the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-7) mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 23, 2015, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
27 July 2015, 11:45 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is one of two people trying to last a year in space. These are some of his best pictures so far.
27 July 2015, 09:47 AM ET
On the Hubble Servicing Mission 4, astronaut Mike Massimino encountered a screw that refused to budge. The now infamous screw, which was attached to a handle of the space telescope that needed to be removed, caused some anxiety in 2009.
27 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
An Arctic crater holds promise for figuring out how to spot something interesting on the moon or Mars, an astronaut says.
27 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The famous bright spots at the bottom of Ceres' Occator crater appear to be sublimating material into space, creating a localized atmosphere within the walls of the 57-mile-wide (92 kilometers) hole in the ground, new observations by NASA's Dawn spacecraf
26 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Planet like an older Earth is found, Stephen Hawking signs on to an ambitious search for extraterrestrial life and a faulty strut is proposed as the cause of SpaceX's rocket explosion in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
26 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
From amazing new views of Pluto's glaciers and mountains to artist's depictions of newfound "Earth cousin" Kepler-452b and photos of sunspots captured from Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover, don't miss these stunning space images.
24 July 2015, 05:14 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the latest addition to a multisatellite military communications array. The launch also marked the first use of a new main engine meant to standardize Delta IV launch vehicle configurations.
24 July 2015, 04:08 PM ET
Amazing new photos of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show a dwarf planet covered in rugged terrain, exotic flowing ices and a hazy atmosphere. NASA unveiled the new discoveries on July 24, 2015.