Spaceflight Archive
06 July 2015, 05:47 PM ET
The images, which New Horizons captured Wednesday (July 1) and Friday (July 3), reveal a great deal of variation and complexity across Pluto's surface — including four large dark patches near the equator whose origin and composition remain mysterious.
06 July 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Tape Gemini, along with another project, Tape Wormhole, made their debuts at the Liberty Science Center on June 25.
06 July 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Visitors to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey can crawl through a space-time wormhole and explore a scale model of a Gemini capsule — both made from rolls of translucent packing tape.
06 July 2015, 01:33 AM ET
New Horizons' handlers say the probe should be back to normal science operations by Tuesday (July 7), exactly one week before it performs the first-ever flyby of Pluto.
05 July 2015, 04:37 AM ET
The probe's handlers lost contact with New Horizons at 1:54 p.m. EDT (1754 GMT) Saturday (July 4) but were able to restore communications at 3:15 p.m. EDT (1915 GMT).
05 July 2015, 03:15 AM ET
Russia's Progress 60 freighter docked with the orbiting lab at 3:11 a.m. EDT (0711 GMT) Sunday, successfully delivering more than 6,100 lbs. (2,770 kilograms) of food, water, fuel and other supplies.
04 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On July 4, 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft released an 820-lb. (370 kilograms) probe that smashed into Comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), gouging out a crater about 500 feet (150 meters) wide.
03 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Korniekno and Gennady Padalka don't have any special plans for the Fourth of July aboard the International Space Station — though Kelly will try to see some the fireworks displays down on Earth.
03 July 2015, 01:10 AM ET
Russia's Progress 60 freighter launched toward the orbiting lab atop a Soyuz rocket at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, starting its resupply run off on the right foot after two consecutive cargo-mission failures.
03 July 2015, 12:41 AM ET
A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 60 blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 3rd, 2015. It is carrying 3 tons of supplies, fuel, water, oxygen, and food to the International Space Station.
02 July 2015, 12:48 PM ET
The rock band Styx toured the control center for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, and learned more about Pluto's smallest moon, also named Styx.
02 July 2015, 12:20 PM ET
The Houston airport where astronauts have departed on training flights for more than 50 years is now host to the United States' 10th commercial spaceport. Ellington Airport was granted a launch site license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
02 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The New Horizons probe has spotted no signs of rings or additional moons in the Pluto system, so the spacecraft will remain on its original trajectory when it zooms past the dwarf planet on July 14, NASA officials announced Wednesday (July 2).
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
With less than two weeks until its close encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizon's probe has detected methane ice on the surface of the dwarf planet. Methane was first discovered on Pluto in 1976.
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
02 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
Two galaxies glow behind a dusty curtain in space.
01 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
01 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Russia's Progress 60 freighter is scheduled to blast off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday (0455 GMT; 10:55 a.m. local time in Kazakhstan).
01 July 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Strange pits and divots observed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may be sinkholes, not unlike those that appear on Earth, a new analysis suggests.
01 July 2015, 12:14 PM ET
NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.
01 July 2015, 11:05 AM ET
While NASA has stated it will rebound from the loss of ISS cargo, space analysts contacted by Space.com have flagged a number of wait-and-see ripple effects stemming from the accident.
01 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A group of university engineering students have created — and successfully test-fired — a 3D-printed rocket engine. The students aim to eventually launch tiny satellites to space.
01 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe will cruise within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's surface on July 14, capturing the first-ever good looks at the frigid, faraway and mysterious world.
01 July 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2015.
30 June 2015, 05:07 PM ET
Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, posed for a solemn portrait taken by NASA's New Horizon's probe, which is only two weeks away from its close encounter with the dwarf planet.
30 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
It's a record! As of June 29, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has spent a total of 804 days in space — more than any other human in history.
30 June 2015, 11:17 AM ET
The mysterious, multicolored sky light blazed up at 1:29 a.m. EDT Monday and was witnessed by skywatchers from Alabama to North Carolina — and by six NASA meteor-observing cameras. But this was no meteor.
30 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The first living being sent to Mars by humans may not be some lucky astronaut, or even a monkey, but a microorganism like cyanobacteria, sent there to create oxygen for human explorers.
29 June 2015, 05:09 PM ET
Seven middle school and high school students from Russellville City Schools in Alabama took home first place in the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show this month, beating out the top teams from Great Britain and France.
29 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is almost certain to deal a blow to the revenue projections of numerous SpaceX commercial customers that had been basing their results on being in orbit this year or early in 2016.
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
29 June 2015, 12:35 PM ET
The SpaceX CRS-7 cargo transport to the ISS failed on June 28th, 2015. The rocket stack broke apart shortly after reaching maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q).