Spaceflight Archive
11 February 2015, 08:06 PM ET
The aviation giant aims to take astronauts to the International Space Station in a capsule that is similar to Apollo spacecraft.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
A private rocket carrying a space weather satellite, built to help warn Earthlings before a potentially dangerous solar storm strikes the planet, blasted off to orbit today from Florida.
11 February 2015, 06:16 PM ET
The rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 11th, 2014. The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission will study solar wind in real-time and will provide Earth an early solar storm warning system.
11 February 2015, 02:48 PM ET
Rough seas have scuttled SpaceX's plan to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a robotic drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after today's launch of the DSCOVR space-weather satellite.
11 February 2015, 01:08 PM ET
On March 18th, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft to become the first man to complete an extra vehicular activity (EVA) in space.
11 February 2015, 11:11 AM ET
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., has launched a new exhibit to chronicle the history of spacewalking. See photos here from the Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity exhibit at the Smithsonian.
11 February 2015, 10:30 AM ET
The European Space Agency's car-size Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) blasted off from French Guiana at 8:40 a.m. EST Wednesday. The craft came screaming back to Earth 100 minutes later.
11 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) space plane launched from French Guiana aboard the Arianspace rocket on Feb. 11th, 2014. It is conducting a 100 minute test flight.
10 February 2015, 07:50 PM ET
The Dragon spacecraft splashed down Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 7:44 p.m. EST in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. The unmanned capsule had departed from the space station about 5 1/2 hours earlier, at 2:10 p.m. EST.
10 February 2015, 06:20 PM ET
High upper-level winds scrubbed SpaceX's planned launch of the DSCOVR space-weather satellite today, which will also feature a bold attempt to land the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 February 2015, 03:03 PM ET
SpaceX plans to convert a launch pad into a landing pad for the reusable rocket boosters it is developing to power its Falcon family of rockets.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Life on the moon would be very different for explorers than life on Earth. See how in this Space.com infographic.
10 February 2015, 02:35 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule is on its way back to Earth after spending one month attached to the International Space Station, marking the start of a big day for the private spaceflight company.
10 February 2015, 02:15 PM ET
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Feb. 10 on a NASA authorization bill virtually identical to one the chamber overwhelmingly passed last year.
10 February 2015, 11:14 AM ET
Orbital ATK formed from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corp. and the Aerospace and Defense groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc. The merger was finalized Monday (Feb. 9), and Orbital ATK marks its first full day of operations today (Feb. 10).
10 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
DARPA aims to begin the flight-test phase of its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program, or ALASA, with a demonstration run in late 2015. If all goes according to plan, a series of 12 orbital flights would then commence in early 2016.
10 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch the DSCOVR space weather satellite, land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket in a reusability test and bring its Dragon cargo capsule safely down to Earth, all in the span of a few hours.
09 February 2015, 07:40 PM ET
The International Space Station's crew captured imagery of the aurora borealis stretching into the light of the sunrise above the east coast on the United States and Canada.
09 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
ESA's tiny suborbital testbed vehicle could pave the way for later orbital space planes.
09 February 2015, 03:51 PM ET
The unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), is slated to blast off Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST from French Guiana. Its 100-minute suborbital flight is designed to test out re-entry technologies.
09 February 2015, 10:35 AM ET
The launch of a new satellite designed to monitor space weather has been delayed another day.
09 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
09 February 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Neil Armstrong had a secret stash of moon landing mementos. The first man to walk on the moon kept a bag full of small parts from the lunar module that he and his Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin famously piloted to a landing at Tranquility Base in 1969.
08 February 2015, 06:29 PM ET
The commercial launch company SpaceX aborted the planned launch of a long-awaited space weather satellite and a novel rocket landing test Sunday due to problems with a U.S. Air Force radar tracking system.
08 February 2015, 09:06 AM ET
From Jupiter and the moon's dance to a mock mission on Mars, this has been a big week for news. Here are Space.com's picks for the biggest space stories of the week.
08 February 2015, 02:32 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt the ultimate space double-header today (Feb. 8) with the launch of a space weather observatory followed by an ambitious rocket landing attempt on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
07 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
When SpaceX launches a long-delayed satellite on Sunday, the company hopes to do the amazing: return a rocket to Earth and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
06 February 2015, 03:53 PM ET
Move over astronaut freeze-dried ice cream, Russian space food tubes have arrived. The All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is now selling authentic cosmonaut food to the public through a new vending machine.
06 February 2015, 11:13 AM ET
The long-delayed Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will orbit at the L1 Lagrange Point in the sun-Earth system, to monitor the solar wind and forecast space weather at Earth.
06 February 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Dawn captured the new images on Wednesday (Feb. 4), when the probe was 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
06 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
All seven crewmembers, who will spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station near the Utah town of Hanksville, are astronaut candidates for Mars One's Red Planet colonization effort.
05 February 2015, 05:26 PM ET
DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) plans to create a low cost (less the 1 millions dollars per launch) alternative for small satellite launches.