Spaceflight Archive
02 September 2015, 12:42 PM ET
An Atlas V rocket carrying the MUOS-4 mission for the U.S. Navy lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Sept. 2, 2015.
02 September 2015, 11:13 AM ET
The Earth and Space Station can be seen from the Soyuz TMA-16M's point of view. The 'parking spot' move was necessary to make way for a new crew arriving the following week.
02 September 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A military communications satellite successfully launched into orbit at 6:18 a.m. EDT (1018GMT) today (Sept. 2), building on a cutting edge communications network already in operation.
02 September 2015, 01:10 AM ET
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT) today (Sept. 2).
01 September 2015, 11:41 PM ET
Sergey Volkov (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen (ESA) and Aidyn Aimbetov (Kazakh Space Agency) will join 6 others on the International Space Station (ISS) in two days after their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 2nd, 2015.
01 September 2015, 02:19 PM ET
A new crew of space travelers will blast off toward the International Space Station just after midnight ET on Wednesday (Sept. 2). You can watch the event live here on
01 September 2015, 12:54 PM ET
A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being launched back into print using Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in 1976, defined a new identity for the space agency, as led by the NASA "worm."
01 September 2015, 07:57 AM ET
The Pluto flyby video gives a probe's-eye view of the historic July 14 encounter, during which the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed within just 7,800 miles (12,550 kilometers) of the dwarf planet's frigid surface.
01 September 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in August 2015.
31 August 2015, 06:01 PM ET
Six scientists will live together, but totally isolated from the rest of the world, in a mock Mars colony for 365 days to learn about the psychological toll of a mission to Mars.
31 August 2015, 05:26 PM ET
Denmark's first astronaut is launching on a ten-day taxi flight to the International Space Station, taking with him a Danish toy that is known worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his missi
31 August 2015, 02:48 PM ET
NASA began an early feasibility study for missions to the distant, mostly-ignored ice-giants Uranus and Neptune, a senior agency official said here Aug. 24.
31 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Stephen Petranek thinks humans will live on Mars within 20 years, and he states his case in a new book, "How We'll Live on Mars."
31 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA already plans to launch a spacecraft to the Jupiter moon Europa in the early to mid-2020s, and it's also mulling a mission to the Saturn satellite Enceladus that would lift off by the end of 2021.
30 August 2015, 11:10 AM ET
Mars One seeks billionaires, Ceres and Dione get close-ups, a Martian hoax is debunked and Stephen Hawking solves a black hole conundrum in's top stories for this week.
30 August 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A Japanese cargo ship that arrived on Monday at the space station delivered an astrophysics telescope that will join the flagship Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in hunting for cosmic rays.
28 August 2015, 09:33 PM ET
From stunning rainbow jets to Saturn's Moon Dione, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 August 2015, 06:15 PM ET
The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28).
28 August 2015, 04:59 PM ET
Stuart Robbins helped plan the New Horizons' mission as a post-doc student at the Southwest Research Institute. He "strived from realism" when he plotted the Pluto system with his 3D software and "attached a camera" to the trajectory data.
28 August 2015, 03:53 PM ET
If NASA reviewers concur, the ex-Pluto probe will begin 4 maneuvers in late October/early November 2015 to be directed to the icy object 2014 MU69. New Horizon's principal investigator believes it’s the kind of ancient (Kuiper Belt Object) NASA want
28 August 2015, 03:24 PM ET
Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka took the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft out for a ride to change parking spaces. The "brief flyover and redocking" occurred on August 28th, 2015.
28 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers β€” but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
27 August 2015, 06:19 PM ET
The author of "The Martian" suspects a lack of cooperation from Congress will push NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet back to the middle of the century.
27 August 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
27 August 2015, 03:41 PM ET
One drogue and one main parachute were intentionally Not deployed in the 'failure scenario.' Orion passed with flying colors. The next generation NASA capsule was dropped over the Arizona desert on Aug. 26th, 2015.
27 August 2015, 01:46 PM ET
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
27 August 2015, 12:47 PM ET
3 tough questions for NASA's Jim Green, Director, Planetary Science Division: Will private industry put astronauts on Mars before NASA? Can roving robots do it better? Does NASA really want the SLS? [Space Launch System]
27 August 2015, 08:51 AM ET
Masten Space Systems, in collaboration with NASA, successfully flew the Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) on its XA-0.1B rocket. This public-private partnership will increase landing precision on planets.
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are building eight suitcase-sized satellites that they say will drastically improve hurricane forecast and warning systems.
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Many astrobiologists are champing at the bit to bring samples back from Saturn's ocean-harboring moon Enceladus, but it may be best to exercise a little patience.
26 August 2015, 05:00 AM ET
India's first mission to the Red Planet, called the Mars Orbiter mission, is slated to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Oct. 28, 2013. See photos from the mission's preparation here.
25 August 2015, 06:00 PM ET
A new photo, which was taken Sunday by NASA's Aqua satellite, shows just how bad this fire season has gotten in the western United States. Dozens of active blazes are visible throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.