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Spaceflight Archive
20 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency has selected a space telescope called PLATO — short for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars — as its third medium-class science mission. The observatory is slated to blast off in 2024.
20 February 2014, 01:03 AM ET
Valery Kubasov, a Soviet cosmonaut whose three space missions included the first joint flight between the U.S. and Russia, died on Feb. 19, 2014. He was described as a "true pioneer of spaceflight and international cooperation in space."
19 February 2014, 03:10 PM ET
NASA has set up a "rapid response system" to pick the best candidates for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission, which aims to haul a near-Earth object into a stable orbit around the moon.
19 February 2014, 10:06 AM ET
A technician checks the soil sampler before the Viking Lander goes to Mars.
19 February 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Landing on the moon is no easy feat, and five teams competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE might just get a little more money to help them send their probes to the lunar surface.
19 February 2014, 06:38 AM ET
A space elevator consisting of an Earth-anchored tether that extends 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) into space could eventually provide routine, safe, inexpensive and quiet access to orbit, some researchers say.
18 February 2014, 04:02 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has given scientists their best-ever look at the radiation environment astronauts would experience during a Red Planet mission.
18 February 2014, 01:23 PM ET
See amazing, and sometimes hilarious, photos of fun in weightlessness in these zero gravity photos on airplanes and spacecraft.
18 February 2014, 01:01 PM ET
A commercial Cygnus spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, heading for a fiery finale over the Pacific Ocean to help clear the outpost of trash at the conclusion of the first operational resupply run by Orbital Sciences Corp.
18 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Swimsuit-clad model Kate Upton dives and floats, not in water, but through the air for a new spread in Sports Illustrated. Upton flew on a Zero Gravity Corporation flight to model new bikini and one-piece fashions in weightlessness for Sports Illustrated'
18 February 2014, 09:55 AM ET
The FIDO Rover undergoes field test to prepare for conditions on Mars.
18 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is training one of its humanoid robots to perform telemedicine, envisioning a future where the bot could act like a surrogate doctor, guided by experts on the ground to provide care for astronauts in space.
16 February 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (called LADEE for short) sent photos of the moon — released on Feb. 13 — back to ground controllers on Earth earlier this month. The new images show stars and the lunar surface.
16 February 2014, 06:50 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
15 February 2014, 07:59 AM ET
From stunning images of a massive sunspot to a rare sight of Venus during the day, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
15 February 2014, 07:56 AM ET
From the first map of Jupiter's giant moon Ganymede, to shining gigantic black hole jets, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2014.
14 February 2014, 10:46 PM ET
How do you sense the world beyond a spacesuit's restrictions?
14 February 2014, 06:03 PM ET
A historic mockup of a NASA space shuttle crew compartment has grown wings and a tail to launch as a new full-scale exhibit at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Ohio.
14 February 2014, 01:25 PM ET
Cosmonaut Elena Serova salutes her female predecessors that paved her way to becoming a cosmonaut. She will become the first Russian woman in space since Yelena Kondakova's STS-84 mission in May 1997.
14 February 2014, 12:40 PM ET
A European spacecraft scheduled to launch toward the sun in 2017 will be shielded by a paint once used in prehistoric cave art.
14 February 2014, 12:23 PM ET
Even though it was under construction, the International Space Station has been performing groundbreaking research over the past ten years. A recent ten year extension means the ISS will have another decade to do research in a number of fields.
14 February 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Two people get a unique perspective of the environment during a zero gravity flight.
14 February 2014, 07:50 AM ET
When thinking of space travel, Florida and Texas probably come to mind, but what a company in Sweden wants to help you fly to space.
14 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
When NASA's Cold Atom Lab reaches the International Space Station in 2016, it will create temperatures one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero, allowing researchers to study the strange behavior of quantum mechanics.
13 February 2014, 11:31 AM ET
It's alive! … Sort of. Reports of the death of China's first moon rover have been greatly exaggerated. According to state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua, Yutu, the nation's first moon rover, is now awake and has apparently survived its second lunar night
13 February 2014, 11:01 AM ET
An image shows the orange-soil discovered during the second Apollo 17 EVA and the gnomon, a geology hand tool used by astronauts.
13 February 2014, 08:05 AM ET
Juggling flight delays and busy skies with the skill of seasoned air traffic controllers, International Space Station managers have approved the launch date for SpaceX's next cargo resupply mission for March 16.
13 February 2014, 07:30 AM ET
NASA released an image of the brightly lit Sochi sporting complex captured by one of the astronauts aboard the space station this week. From their exclusive lookout, the spaceflyers on the orbiting lab can even see the Olympic flame burning.
12 February 2014, 06:42 PM ET
Kurina in Swedish Lapland will be the future home of a 'world-class' spaceport that will offer zero-g and northern lights flights, centrifuge training and more.
12 February 2014, 11:06 AM ET
China's first moon lander, Chang'e 3, is reportedly up and running following its second encounter with the vicious lunar night cycle. But whether the lander's sidekick, the Yutu moon rover, also survived the lunar cold is not immediately clear.
12 February 2014, 10:56 AM ET
The Deep Space 1 Technology Demonstrator features many new technologies, but none so high-tech as the ion propulsion system.
12 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
A Japanese astronaut created a microgravity, multicolored light show on the International Space Station in the name of art.