Spaceflight Archive
20 January 2015, 04:36 PM ET
Apollo astronaut, orbital mechanic, and futurist Dr. Buzz Aldrin explains his unique ideas for human exploration and settlement of Mars in this freewheeling conversation with Space.com.
20 January 2015, 03:00 PM ET
WorldVu Satellites has secured Qualcomm and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors in the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation.
20 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
20 January 2015, 09:33 AM ET
A list of the upcoming rocket launches around the world.
19 January 2015, 03:58 PM ET
NASA's Dawn mission snapped imagery of Ceres at a distance of 238,000 miles (about the same distance between the Earth and the Moon) on Jan. 13th, 2015. The images show 'hint of craters' according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
18 January 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From a false alarm on the International Space Station, to finding a long-lost lander on Mars, this has been a big week for news. Here are Space.com's picks for the biggest space stories of the week.
16 January 2015, 04:18 PM ET
Contruction team members talk about the progress being made on rolling out Virgin Galactic's new private spaceship.
16 January 2015, 02:20 PM ET
Elon Musk — founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX — has released a series of amazing images showing the fiery fate of a rocket stage during a reusable rocket test on Jan. 10. SpaceX also released an amazing video of the crash.
16 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
The first crew to embark on a yearlong International Space Station mission could help NASA get to Mars.
16 January 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Planetary geologist Timothy Parker of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explains how the HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was tasked to locate Beagle 2, which landed on Christmas Day, 2003 but never successfully signaled Earth.
16 January 2015, 09:37 AM ET
The U.K.-built Beagle 2 Mars lander went missing in December 2003 when it failed to radio home after a Christmas Day landing attempt.
16 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Scientists announced today (Jan. 16) that NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Beagle 2, which was part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
16 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 22,000 pieces of space junk at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide are now being tracked in Earth’s orbit. Cleaning up this mess — and preventing it from getting worse — will take a sustained international effort, experts say.
15 January 2015, 10:02 PM ET
The European spacecraft made some surprising discoveries during its eight-year mission to the second planet from the sun.
15 January 2015, 07:41 PM ET
The NASA probe launched in January 2005 and will encounter Pluto in the summer of 2015.
15 January 2015, 03:12 PM ET
A federal surplus auction is selling a NASA flown-in-space artifact that may be worth its weight in gold — because it is gold. The six 24 karat gold plates reportedly flew in space for 69 months.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe today (Jan. 15) began its six-month approach to Pluto, which will culminate with the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
What do you want to know about the upcoming one-year mission to the International Space Station? NASA officials will discuss the yearlong station mission in a series of news conferences Thursday (Jan. 15), and you can watch the briefings live online.
14 January 2015, 10:57 PM ET
Scaled Composites has been aiming toward commercial spaceflight for more than a decade.
14 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Crewmembers on the International Space Station have now been allowed into the U.S. segment of the orbiting outpost, after a false alarm caused astronauts to evacuate that part of the station early Wednesday (Jan. 14).
14 January 2015, 03:38 PM ET
Ten years ago today (Jan. 14), humanity got its first up-close look at Saturn's huge moon Titan, a bizarre, frigid world that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
14 January 2015, 01:28 PM ET
For the probe landing’s 10th anniversary, a new sequence has been rendered from Huygens’ Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) data. The craft landed on Saturn’s largest moon on 14 Jan 2005.
14 January 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A possible ammonia leak on the International Space Station triggered an evacuation of astronauts and cosmonauts to the Russian side of the orbiting outpost, but now, NASA flight controllers think it was likely a false alarm.
14 January 2015, 12:46 PM ET
International Space Station program manager Mike Suffredini talks about how the astronauts responded to the ammonia leak alarm in the early morning hours of Jan. 14th, 2015.
14 January 2015, 09:10 AM ET
An alarm suggesting a potentially toxic ammonia leak on the International Space Station early Wednesday (Jan. 14) forced astronauts to evacuate the U.S. side of the orbiting lab, but NASA says there is no proof such a leak actually occurred.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Dec. 29, CIA officials suggested via Twitter that many UFOs reported in the 1950s and '60s were actually high-flying U-2 spy planes.
13 January 2015, 03:25 PM ET
The UK Space Agency is holding a news conference Friday (Jan. 16) to provide an update on Beagle 2, which was supposed to touch down on Dec. 25, 2003, but is thought to have crashed.
13 January 2015, 11:20 AM ET
China's first lunar lander Chang'e 3 remains is still operation after more than a year on the moon, and has captured a photo of a distant galaxy as seen from the lunar surface.
13 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers were able to pinpoint the Saturn system's center of mass, or barycenter, within about 2 miles — a 50-fold improvement over the best estimates provided by ground-based telescopes, NASA officials said.
12 January 2015, 05:23 PM ET
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
12 January 2015, 02:53 PM ET
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
12 January 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Congress mandated that NASA’s new Space Launch System must use Space Shuttle Main Engines (RS-25 ), one which fired successfully for 500 seconds at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Jan. 9th, 2015.