Spaceflight Archive
26 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 25, 2014.
23 May 2014, 02:34 PM ET
DiCaprio plans to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2015. A seat on the same flight with the actor sold for nearly $1 million Thursday (May 22) at the annual amfAR auction near Cannes, France.
23 May 2014, 01:03 PM ET
The joystick used by astronaut David Scott to land the Apollo 15 lunar module 'Falcon' on the moon 43 years ago this July has sold for more than $500,000. The sale is believed to be the highest price ever paid at auction for part of a NASA spacecraft.
23 May 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Water was discovered in the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft that recently returned to Earth from a month-long stay at the international space station, but so far as NASA knew May 21, none of the agency’s cargo was damaged.
23 May 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go.
23 May 2014, 11:31 AM ET
An AJ-26 engine slated to power Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket on a 2015 mission to the International Space Station failed May 22 during a hot-fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
23 May 2014, 08:47 AM ET
New imagery from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed the 160-foot-wide crater, which scientists have determined was created between March 27-28, 2012. The imagery also reveals possible landslides that occurred as a result of the impact.
22 May 2014, 04:54 PM ET
Next Thursday (May 29), the company will unveil the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft, which SpaceX hopes will be ferrying people to and from the International Space Station a few short years from now.
22 May 2014, 02:28 PM ET
The crew of the U.S.S. Kearsarge spell out the words "Mercury 9" on the deck.
22 May 2014, 12:04 PM ET
Space.com shadowed a group of students from the University of California, San Diego who were selected by NASA to test an experiment onboard a zero-gravity flight.
22 May 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is building a giant rocket called the Falcon Heavy. See images of the planned Falcon Heavy heavy-lift booster in this Space.com gallery.
22 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
A 36-year-old space probe that NASA once thought might be returned from space to be put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks a private group's attempt to reawaken the satellite.
22 May 2014, 10:59 AM ET
See photos of the Aegis Ashore Weapon System launch test, the first to launch an SM-3 missile from land, on May 20, 2014. The U.S. Navy performed the test from Kawaii, Hawaii in a flight overseeen by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
22 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
22 May 2014, 09:07 AM ET
See launch photos for the May 22, 2014 launch of an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the classified NROL-33 satellite in this Space.com gallery. The United Launch Alliance launched the mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
22 May 2014, 07:34 AM ET
An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spy satellite payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office at 9:05 a.m. EDT (1405 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
21 May 2014, 06:08 PM ET
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station floats before a bank of windows, holding open a children's book and pointing at a drawing of the orbiting outpost. The scene marks the start of the first “Story Time From Space."
21 May 2014, 03:49 PM ET
Should recent geopolitical events ultimately prompt the U.S. government to build a domestic alternative to the Russian-built RD-180 engine that powers one of its workhorse rockets, it probably makes more sense to develop one from scratch.
21 May 2014, 02:37 PM ET
The Satellite Sentinel Project — which has been using spacecraft imagery to monitor human rights abuses in Sudan and South Sudan since December 2010 — will also now conduct investigations, following the money trails that fund mass atrocities.
21 May 2014, 01:09 PM ET
An astronaut examines the protective material on his Mercury capsule.
21 May 2014, 11:44 AM ET
The Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) aka Dextre, will replace a faulty camera near the elbow of its attached robotic arm. This will be the first self-repair conducted by the the robot.
21 May 2014, 08:33 AM ET
Space.com shadowed a group of students from the University of California, San Diego who were selected by NASA to test an experiment on board a zero-gravity flight.
21 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's InSight Mars lander, which is scheduled to launch toward the Red Planet in 2016, passed a key design review Friday (May 16), clearing the way for construction of the spacecraft to begin.
20 May 2014, 04:01 PM ET
Big Joe, a test rocket, had a successful yet failed test flight.
20 May 2014, 03:54 PM ET
Boeing and Samsung are teaming up to find new ways to incorporate mobile technology and applications into the CST-100 spacecraft, which Boeing is developing as part of NASA's commercial crew program.
20 May 2014, 11:35 AM ET
The retired shuttle's new home, the California Science Center, has plans to display the orbiter in launch configuration, equipped with solid rocket boosters and external tank.
20 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle is now fully assembled at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii — the site of its first flight trial, which is currently scheduled for June 3.
19 May 2014, 04:18 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's ISEE-3 spacecraft, a probe launched in 1978 that is returning for an Earth flyby in August 2014, in this Space.com gallery.
19 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
NASA has shortlisted three potential commercial partners for non-funded agreements as part of the agency's quest to land robotic spacecraft on the moon.
19 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire Elon Musk says his private spaceflight company SpaceX has made some progress toward a permanent colony on Mars — a long-time goal in the entrepreneur's push to help make humanity a multi-planet species.
19 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
While it was never an official NASA program, FLATs helped pave the way for the first female Shuttle pilot.
19 May 2014, 10:38 AM ET
Wubbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch citizen to fly into space, died Sunday (May 18), the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed. He was 68.