Spaceflight Archive
02 June 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A deluge of new photos by the Rosetta spacecraft shows the haunting alien landscape on the surface of a comet. The images were captured during Rosetta's closest flyby of the space rock.
02 June 2015, 06:14 AM ET
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project will test new technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and returning large payloads to Earth.
02 June 2015, 06:08 AM ET
An innovative saucer-shaped parachute that NASA scientists have nicknamed their "flying saucer" will have to wait an extra 24 hours before launching on its latest test flight after rough ocean conditions delayed a planned launch today (June 2).
02 June 2015, 06:00 AM ET
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he'd like to cut in half the travel time required to send astronauts to Mars. Doing so will require advanced propulsion technologies — including, perhaps, nuclear rockets, Bolden said.
01 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Borg-like assimilation may not be an interstellar reality, but having a resilient software system is essential to ensure your starship can cope with any scenario in the depths of space.
01 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
At the 2015 World Science Festival in New York, NASA hosted a stargazing event where the public asked questions of former astronauts, watched robots do ballet, saw astronaut underwear, and learned the truth about Area 51.
01 June 2015, 02:37 PM ET
The Planetary Society's tiny LightSail spacecraft has recovered from an apparent software glitch in orbit and is on track to deploy its solar sail as early as Tuesday (June 2), mission team members say.
01 June 2015, 02:36 PM ET
Astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in Space on June 3rd, 1965. He flew on the Gemini 4 mission with astronaut Jim McDivitt
01 June 2015, 11:12 AM ET
A quarter century after its founding, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is being re-launched as a high-tech attraction designed to inspire the next generation of explorers. Heroes and Legends will open at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2016.
01 June 2015, 10:34 AM ET
r: Hundreds of people came to see four space shuttle veterans be enshrined into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame — and help celebrate the anniversary of the first astronaut couple. The new inductees were hailed as heroes.
01 June 2015, 07:40 AM ET
NASA has awarded Boeing with the first order for a commercial crew change flight to the International Space Station once the company's new CST-100 space taxi is ready for manned flights in 2017.
01 June 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2015.
31 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA announced the science instruments for its mission to Europa, SpaceX was certified for U.S. military launches and a tiny solar-sailing spacecraft suffered a glitch in orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
30 May 2015, 11:13 AM ET
From a nebula's crimson heart to a dragon's-eye view, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2015.
30 May 2015, 07:30 AM ET
At the World Science Festival in New York, an interactive installation provides an auditory encounter with the NASA satellites that study the Earth.
29 May 2015, 04:37 PM ET
Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket on May 27 successfully delivered two direct-broadcast television satellites into transfer orbit for DirecTV in the vehicle’s 65th consecutive success and the second of six missions planned for 2015.
29 May 2015, 03:39 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's fourth mystery mission of its X-37B space plane launches on May 20, 2015. How long the mission will last, and its exact purpose, is a mystery. See photos from the mission here.
29 May 2015, 03:26 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo passenger ship is coming together, with the commercial spaceliner lowering its landing gear for the first time last week.
29 May 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has been wowing space fans with amazing cosmic views for 25 years, but only because of repairs and upgrades by visiting astronauts. See the tools astronauts used to fix and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
29 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA engineers talk about the specialized tools they developed to keep Hubble running for a quarter of a decade.
29 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Details about the X-37B spacecraft's current mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4, or OTV-4 — are classified, but the satellite trackers' new observations are shedding some light on the vehicle's
28 May 2015, 07:34 PM ET
A new photo from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the battered surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail. Dawn captured the image on May 23, when the probe was just 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) from Ceres.
28 May 2015, 06:45 PM ET
New Horizons' hunt for new moons, rings and other potential hazards near Pluto has turned up nothing so far.
28 May 2015, 05:45 PM ET
NASA has awarded prize money to five members of the public for their ideas about how to limit astronauts' radiation exposure during journeys through deep space.
28 May 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab Wednesday (May 27) to make room for a new docking port to welcome private space taxis in 2017.
28 May 2015, 08:00 AM ET
It is a sight no one thought possible again: a complete NASA space shuttle standing vertical as if poised for launch. But that's exactly what the California Science Center will do. NASA's last shuttle fuel tank is headed to L.A.
28 May 2015, 07:48 AM ET
The 2-minute video integrates footage taken by cameras aboard Dragon during its key launch-escape test, showing key events such as parachute deployment up close — and providing great Dragon's-eye views of the Space Coast landscape.
28 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems have finished building NASA's InSight Mars lander and have begun testing the finished spacecraft, to make sure it can handle the rigors of launch and the harsh environment of deep space.
27 May 2015, 06:56 PM ET
LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane.
27 May 2015, 06:30 PM ET
Despite the claims of many beauty creams, an "antigravity" environment may actually cause premature aging of the skin, according to a new study looking at mice that lived in space for three months.
27 May 2015, 06:28 PM ET
If the private space company’s Falcon booster were to fail, Dragon showed it can blast astronauts to safety during this test of May 8th, 2015. The capsule kicks from 0-100 MPH in 1.2 seconds – about 4G of acceleration.
27 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe, which will make the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, captured the images with its long-range camera from May 8 through May 12, when the spacecraft was a bit less than 50 million miles from the dwarf planet.