Spaceflight Archive
13 August 2015, 11:02 PM ET
Scientists at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are developing a "gecko gripper" system that could help robots inspect and repair the International Space Station.
13 August 2015, 05:15 PM ET
The agency performed a nearly 9-minute-long "hot fire" test of an RS-25 engine — four of which will power the core stage of the Space Launch System megarocket — at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi today (Aug. 13).
13 August 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The X-37B spacecraft launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20, kicking off a mission dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test Vehicle-4).
13 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The Björn Borg fashion brand's upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 (SS16) show is a tribute to Mars One, a privately funded project that aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2027 as the vanguard of a permanent colony.
13 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
San Francisco-based company Elysium Space announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) that it has signed a contract with Astrobotic Technology to deliver people's ashes to the surface of the moon aboard Astrobotic's Griffin lander.
13 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After more than a year orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the Rosetta spacecraft and its dance partner will get to the closest point to the sun today (Aug. 13).
13 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
In the first single off of Chris Hadfield's new music album, the first album to be primarily recorded in outer space, the astronaut sings "Can't stand on my own two feet, I just float away, I took a ride in a hot hot seat, now I'm ready to play, far away.
13 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The countdown is on to the launch of a new eight-story-tall attraction dedicated to telling the history of NASA's space shuttle and the jumbo jet that was used to ferry the fleet of winged spacecraft across the country.
12 August 2015, 03:56 PM ET
For many skywatchers across the United States, clear skies and a dark moon will create optimal viewing conditions for tonight's Perseid meteor shower. Clouds will obscure viewing conditions in some areas, however.
12 August 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Space manufacturing company Made In Space is teaming with NanoRacks, which helps commercial customers make use of the International Space Station, to develop an orbital construction-and-deployment service for tiny satellites known as cubesats.
12 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Aug. 12, 2005, from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. MRO is still going strong today, returning reams of data about the Red Planet.
12 August 2015, 06:57 AM ET
The chief goal of the meeting was to start refining the mission's planned science operations, with a particular emphasis on how its nine instruments will work together to investigate Europa's habitability, agency officials said.
11 August 2015, 03:46 PM ET
More than 6,000 'Star Trek' fans are now part of a giant online tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who played the Vulcan alien Spock on the famed series.
11 August 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The space agency just opened the latest round of its Cubesat Launch Initiative, which provides rocket rides for tiny spacecraft developed by researchers at NASA, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
11 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Planetary Resources deployed its first spacecraft from the International Space Station last month. The Washington-based asteroid-mining company hopes to begin transforming asteroid water into rocket fuel within the next decade.
10 August 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Cosmonauts scrubbed a window, documented the International Space Station (ISS) exterior, collected an experiment and battled cold fingers during a speedy spacewalk Monday, August 10.
10 August 2015, 05:15 PM ET
The resulting radar images, which researchers combined into an asteroid flyby video, show that the asteroid, known as 1999 JD6, is a "contact binary" consisting of two lobes joined together.
10 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
SpaceVR launched a Kickstarter campaign today (Aug. 10) to help get its high-definition 3D camera, known as "Overview One," to the International Space Station.
10 August 2015, 02:11 PM ET
For the first time (at least officially), NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station have tasted the product, or produce, of their work. They chomped on the lettuce freshly harvested from the Veggie growth system.
10 August 2015, 07:21 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station today (Aug. 10) in a spacewalk to install equipment, pick up an experiment and take pictures of the station.
10 August 2015, 06:57 AM ET
As particles race around Saturn at breakneck speeds, their jostling and crashing may look random and haphazard — but a new mathematical theory brings a simple kind of order to the chaos that will help scientists understand rings across the universe.
10 August 2015, 06:50 AM ET
New "Marstronauts" will head to a Hawaiian simulation facility for a year, starting Aug. 28. Officials with the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission announced the selection of the six scientists on July 29.
09 August 2015, 07:16 AM ET
Venturing out into space wearing nothing but a spacesuit is a daring act in itself. But over hundreds of spacewalks since 1965, there are a few that stand out.
08 August 2015, 08:00 AM ET
If you ever want to travel truly "above and beyond" then you'll be interested in a new interactive flight exhibition – one that just launched on a multi-city tour to major science centers and air-and-space museums worldwide.
07 August 2015, 10:56 PM ET
Astronomers found the most far-flung galaxy ever discovered, NASA's Curiosity rover celebrated three years on Mars and Europe's Rosetta mission marked one year in orbit around a comet. Here are's top stories of the week.
07 August 2015, 05:15 PM ET
NASA's NEOWISE mission has tracked down an elusive family of asteroids that shun regular orbits in the asteroid belt, instead preferring a crazy roller coaster ride through the solar system's equatorial plane.
07 August 2015, 04:45 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems new contracts to continue their work under "Phase 1B" of the XS-1 space plane program.
07 August 2015, 09:45 AM ET
Tory Bruno, the president and chief executive of United Launch Alliance, took to Twitter to discuss the heritage of his company's new Vulcan rocket.