Spaceflight Archive
26 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast.
25 November 2015, 10:17 PM ET
Some of the most advanced tools for studying the universe lie embedded beneath thousands of feet of bedrock.
25 November 2015, 12:30 PM ET
NASA Johnson interns have created yet another hilarious parody music video, with this latest one highlighting Scott Kelly's epic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Astronauts give thanks and preview their "traditional" space meal in a new Thanksgiving greeting from the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 07:41 AM ET
Following the successful landing of a reusable-rocket booster, Jeff Bezos, CEO of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin, told reporters, "We are on the verge of a golden age of space exploration."
24 November 2015, 05:54 PM ET
SpaceX founder Elon Musk congratulated Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin for landing a rocket from space Monday (Nov. 23) — but also stressed that the flight test did not exactly make history.
24 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
24 November 2015, 10:24 AM ET
International Space Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren sample the turkey and yams that are on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
24 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
24 November 2015, 08:48 AM ET
The New Shepard is truly a reusable space vehicle after flying to 329,839 feet and landing within a few feet of the target, through 119 mph crosswinds. The launch and landing occurred on Nov. 23rd, 2015 in West Texas.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
23 November 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
23 November 2015, 03:27 PM ET
A successful crewed Mars campaign must recognize, and take pains to ameliorate, the psychological and cultural challenges that Red Planet pioneers will face — for example, their lengthy isolation from friends and family.
23 November 2015, 09:48 AM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
20 November 2015, 04:10 PM ET
Congress' passage of a bill that allows American companies to own and sell any materials they extract from the moon, asteroids or other celestial bodies should help spur the development of off-Earth mining, representatives of the nascent industry say.
20 November 2015, 02:49 PM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched rockets, spaceships and electric cars, and after his stint on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" last night, he can add TV sitcom to his epic list of achievements.
20 November 2015, 12:18 PM ET
The crew of the International Space Station and flight controllers worldwide held a moment of silence for the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, and astronaut Scott Kelly shared some remarks in a new video.
20 November 2015, 10:17 AM ET
The International Space Station crew participated in a moment of silence and commander Scott Kelly offered his thoughts and prayers for the victims of the heinous terrorist attack on Nov. 13, 2015.
20 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
Throughout its history of flight, the International Space Station has played host to many musical instruments and performances. In the latest addition, flight engineer Kjell Lindgren plays the bagpipes in tribute to a former colleague.
20 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
An inside look at the dust-analyzing instrument that will fly on NASA's upcoming mission to the ocean-harboring Jupiter moon Europa.
19 November 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station fielded rapid-fire questions from curious middle schoolers this morning (Nov. 19), delving into life on the station and the everyday strangeness that invites.
19 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
You can take a tour through the history of Pluto exploration tonight (Nov. 19) at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT on Nov. 20), courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
19 November 2015, 02:08 PM ET CEO Jeff Bezos personally oversaw the delivery of some large artifacts from NASA's history. Bezos came to The Museum of Flight for the arrival of the restored remains of Saturn V moon rocket's F-1 engines.
19 November 2015, 12:16 PM ET
Engineers at Virgin Galactic’s production facility explain the rigorous tests they have to run to get their new SpaceShipTwo up to spec for flight.
18 November 2015, 03:14 PM ET
If NASA is to push human space exploration to new destinations, they'll need the help of commercial companies — especially in low-Earth orbit — according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
18 November 2015, 12:36 PM ET
Deke Slayton waited 16 years to fly in space after he was selected as one of the original Mercury astronauts in 1959. When he finally did get to fly, Slayton advised, "Decide what you want to do, and then never give up until you've done it."
18 November 2015, 11:47 AM ET's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
18 November 2015, 10:18 AM ET
It’s been known since the 1960’s that eyesight changes in space. Current studies on the International Space Station are narrowing in on the exact mechanisms.
18 November 2015, 09:28 AM ET
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the compromise version of a commercial space bill Nov. 16, after a final debate about some parts of the bill.
17 November 2015, 05:00 PM ET
As NASA provides more details about its long-term plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, the agency’s administrator warned that any attempt by the next administration to deviate from that plan would be disastrous.
17 November 2015, 04:38 PM ET
The ideal Red Planet crewed site should be of high scientific value — allowing pioneers to search for signs of Mars life and investigate other intriguing questions — and also possess enough resources to help sustain expeditionary crews.
17 November 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Blue Origin expects to start launching commercial payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle by the middle of next year, hoping to reinvigorate interest in flying experiments on such vehicles.
16 November 2015, 03:35 PM ET
A replica of the only privately-owned watch worn by an astronaut on the moon's surface will soon go on sale for much less than the astronomical price tag that the historic flown timepiece sold for at a recent auction.
16 November 2015, 01:34 PM ET
The new video, which the European Space Agency (ESA) released last week, reconstructs history's first-ever soft touchdown on a comet, which was performed by the Rosetta mission's Philae lander on Nov. 12, 2014.
16 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The first annual Spacecom meeting, which is being held in Houston this week, aims to help Earth-based industries take advantage of space technologies and new business opportunities in space.
15 November 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.