Spaceflight Archive
12 December 2014, 07:55 AM ET
These maps shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons — Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus.
11 December 2014, 02:31 PM ET
What would you send to the moon? A precious family heirloom? A lock of hair? For a price, you could send a small object of your choosing to the lunar surface.
11 December 2014, 09:32 AM ET
NASA's Space Launch Systems (SLS) and Orion capsule are just the first 2 Boeing 'infused' steps to humans on Mars in the 2030's. The aerospace giant explains how the rest of the 'bridge' to the Red Planet could be built.
11 December 2014, 07:50 AM ET
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the celebrity's roles, but it does include a subtle nod to his personal character.
10 December 2014, 05:19 PM ET
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
10 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
It's one giant leap for snowman-kind: Olaf, the goofy snowman from Disney's "Frozen," is aboard the International Space Station.
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Technicians unloaded the Orion capsule from the USS Anchorage Monday night (Dec. 8) in San Diego, about 600 miles from the spot where the U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday (Dec. 5).
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The president congratulated Orion's chief engineer and her team for Friday's successful test flight, which marked the farthest a human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled since the end of NASA's Apollo program in 1972.
10 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Assembly, test and launch operations began recently for NASA's InSight lander, which aims to study the interior of Mars to learn more about how the solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 bilion years ago.
09 December 2014, 06:40 PM ET
"Usually what we do isn't rocket science, unless it is", the U.S. president joked as the lead in to a congratulatory message to NASA's Orion chief engineer Julie Kramer. He made the remarks at the conference for senior leaders of the Senior Executive
09 December 2014, 06:01 PM ET
A privately built robotic cargo spaceship has a new ride to the International Space Station. In the wake of October's Antares rocket explosion, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft will next launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
09 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Research by a political science professor shows opinions on space exploration are influenced by a person's religious beliefs.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
During a Dec. 16 launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The countdown is on to the holidays! If you have a space exploration enthusiast in your life, your mission now is to find gifts that are sure to launch some holiday cheer. To help, collectSPACE.com presents five out-of-this-world gift ideas.
08 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which will enter orbit around Ceres in March 2015, has captured its best-ever image of the unexplored dwarf planet, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
07 December 2014, 09:12 AM ET
Get ready for your close-up, Pluto! For the first time in history, a space probe has arrived within striking distance of the dwarf planet.
07 December 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Here's a look at what the future holds for Orion, the first human-spaceflight vehicle to go beyond low-Earth orbit since NASA's Apollo capsule, which flew to the moon and back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
07 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
On Nov. 28, mission controllers lost contact with the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft, which has been circling Earth's hellishly hot "sister planet" for more than eight years. The probe may have run out of fuel, its handlers say.
06 December 2014, 09:49 AM ET
NASA's first capsule built to take humans to Mars just completed a seemingly flawless first test flight, and experts are overjoyed with the spacecraft's performance
06 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The New Horizons probe is coming out of hibernation for the last time as it approaches the dwarf planet Pluto and the icy depths of our solar system.
06 December 2014, 12:11 AM ET
What is so important about Mars, in particular, that ESA supports not one but two missions and wants to send humans to the Red Planet?
05 December 2014, 07:10 PM ET
Recovery crews aboard the USS Anchorage had their cameras rolling when NASA's next generation capsule landed in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 5th, 2014.
05 December 2014, 03:05 PM ET
Stunning photos captured today's epic first test launch of the Orion spacecraft, which will one day carry humans to deep-space destinations.
05 December 2014, 01:01 PM ET
NASA is due to launch the first test flight of its deep space Orion capsule on Dec. 4. Read all about the historic unmanned test flight here.
05 December 2014, 11:42 AM ET
05 December 2014, 11:35 AM ET
NASA's new Orion spacecraft, a deep-space capsule, survived an epic test flight on Friday (Dec. 5) paving the way forward for manned missions to asteroids and even Mars.
05 December 2014, 07:52 AM ET
It's the spacecraft NASA has been waiting for. The space agency's new capsule, designed to help deliver humans to deep space destinations such as Mars someday, has just launched on its rigorous first test flight.
05 December 2014, 07:41 AM ET
A Canadian company wants to land a couple of robots on Mars in late 2018, but to do so, it might need your help.
05 December 2014, 01:00 AM ET
NASA will attempt to launch its new Orion deep-space capsule on Friday (Dec. 5), after a rocket glitch scrapped plans to launch the capsule on its ambitious first test flight Thursday. Watch it live here on Space.com, starting at 6 a.m. EST
04 December 2014, 04:00 PM ET
I'm sweating. I can't easily move any part of my body, and although there are people all around me, I can't communicate without activating a radio. I'm pretty uncomfortable.