Spaceflight Archive
13 August 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Scott Kelly is just 7 months from becoming the first NASA astronaut to spend a year in space. Well, maybe not a full year, at least according to the current schedule, but that's not stopped Kelly and his crewmate Mikhail Kornienko from designing a one-yea
13 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Cassini looked on last month as methane clouds floated above Ligeia Mare, a big hydrocarbon sea near Titan's north pole. Few clouds had been seen on Titan since 2010, so researchers are trying to gauge the significance of the new observations.
12 August 2014, 05:35 PM ET
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid his respects to comedian Robin Williams today with a post on Facebook. The Oscar-winning actor was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in California on Monday (Aug. 11). He was 63 years old.
12 August 2014, 04:25 PM ET
The actor/comedian recorded a wake-up call for the STS-26 crew that was relayed on September 30th, 1988 by CAPCOMs Kathy Sullivan (standing) and Kathy Thornton (seated on console). Full Story: http://goo.gl/cQDaQN
12 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
A Lunar X-Prize team from Pittsburgh explains its automated Moon landing system in this clip from the premiere episode of the Science Channel show. (Airs August 13th, 2014)
12 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
TechDemoSat-1 was launched on July 8th, 2014 aboard a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle. Its inspection camera captured the Soyuz upper stage (gold object) and another satellite it was launched with (white dot @ 34 seconds) over the Pacific Ocean.
12 August 2014, 12:04 PM ET
The U.S. Navy has honored the nation's first woman in space, christening its new ocean research ship after the late astronaut Sally Ride.
12 August 2014, 11:29 AM ET
Robin Williams, an Oscar-winning actor best known for his comedic work, died yesterday (Aug. 11) of an apparent suicide at 63 years old. In 1988, Williams helped to wake up the crew of NASA's space shuttle Discovery to start their morning work.
12 August 2014, 10:06 AM ET
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
12 August 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) joined up with the station at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) Tuesday (Aug. 12). Its visit is the last by the ATV line of spacecraft, which has been resupplying the orbiting lab since 2008.
11 August 2014, 05:12 PM ET
The Space Camp Hall of Fame, founded in 2007, added three new members to its ranks. The 2014 class includes astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, former astronaut trainer Michelle Ham and the founder of Space Camp Turkey, Kaya Tuncer.
11 August 2014, 04:35 PM ET
The New Horizons probe used its onboard telescope to record a video of Charon orbiting Pluto. The movie is composed of 12 individual images taken July 19-24 — one year before the spacecraft's flyby of the distant dwarf planet.
10 August 2014, 09:07 AM ET
A 36-year-old NASA spacecraft will begin a new interplanetary science mission today (Aug. 10) when it makes a close pass by the moon. You can watch the lunar flyby live online at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Here's how to watch.
08 August 2014, 06:04 PM ET
An amazing new video from NASA shows viewers the ups and downs of the first test of a system that could one day help the space agency land huge spacecraft on Mars or other planets.
08 August 2014, 04:30 PM ET
NASA has selected its latest batch of high-tech ideas for the future of space exploration, with the agency funding five bold concepts that range from an innovative asteroid-mapper to a colossal "orbiting rainbow" that could see objects in ultradeep space.
08 August 2014, 02:07 PM ET
Planets with atmospheres are prime candidates for exploration. NASA deploys its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator to find fuel saving ways to land heavy rovers and possibly people. Principal Investigator Ian Clark narrates this supersonic test run.
08 August 2014, 01:00 PM ET
NASA announced it has postponed two American spacewalks while it waits for new spacesuit batteries to be delivered to the orbiting outpost.
08 August 2014, 07:03 AM ET
Two Mars-bound spacecraft are both in excellent health ahead of their September arrivals in orbit around the Red Planet, managers for both missions report.
07 August 2014, 04:15 PM ET
The first test will take place in November on the launch pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, while the second will be an in-flight trial originating from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Space News reported today (Aug. 7).
07 August 2014, 03:59 PM ET
Europe's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting lab on Aug. 12. There will be a number of opportunities to see both the space station and the cargo ship streaking across the night sky.
07 August 2014, 03:13 PM ET
A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft was successfully hauled from the Pacific Ocean onboard a U.S. Navy ship.
07 August 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Texas is offering the private space company SpaceX more than $15 million in incentives to build a new launch facility at the southernmost tip of the Lone Star State.
06 August 2014, 09:05 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's commercial SpaceShipTwo will soon launch onto — and, in at least one example, out of — the pages of seven books thanks to a partnership between the private spaceflight company and DK, a publisher of illustrated reference books.
06 August 2014, 04:53 PM ET
Europe's Rosetta probe made its historic arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko yesterday (Aug. 6), making it the first human-built craft to rendezvous with a comet.
06 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Like a large jet airplane, Reaction Engines’ SKYLON will place a Personnel and Logistics Module in its payload bay, capable of carrying 8 astronauts and their gear to Low Earth Orbiting stations, factories, hotels or other facilities.
06 August 2014, 04:19 PM ET
The airframe of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane, which is designed to carry astronauts into space, was revealed on Aug. 1. The structure will be used in Dream Chaser's first orbital test launch, which is scheduled for November 2016.
06 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Reaction Engines, a private UK company, is developing the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine, which, it claims, can power an airplane-like vehicle named SKYLON to perform varied space missions for private industry, science, tourism and exploration.
06 August 2014, 01:22 PM ET
If you're a fan of the "Face on Mars," then you might just have a new best friend. A new photo from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has captured what appears to be a face on a comet in deep space, even if it's only a fun optical illusion.
06 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
06 August 2014, 10:03 AM ET
Europe's Rosetta probe has just beamed back some new, incredible photos of its target, the first since it arrived at its comet earlier today (Aug. 6).
06 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
After a decade in space and 4 billion miles, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made history: For the first time ever, a robotic probe from Earth is flying with a comet and will soon enter orbit.
05 August 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, has launched a new project called 'Mars Exchange' to help answer questions and spur discussion about the group's ambitious plans.