Spaceflight Archive
13 June 2015, 04:19 PM ET
If crewed spaceflight is to survive, Americans need to worry less about where to go and instead just get off the ground.
13 June 2015, 10:13 AM ET
More than two dozen astronauts are landing under Seattle's Space Needle. The Museum of Flight launched "Astronauts on the Town," a public art program for its 50th anniversary.
12 June 2015, 03:11 PM ET
The many "faces" of Pluto are visible in new images by NASA's New Horizons probe, which is only one month away from the first-ever close encounter with the dwarf planet.
12 June 2015, 11:59 AM ET
"Lift-off! We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11..." It was with those words that Jack King, NASA's "Voice of Apollo," gave start to the first mission to land men on the moon. King died Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was 84.
12 June 2015, 11:05 AM ET
J.L. Pickering usually doesn't take kindly to books that claim "never before seen" NASA photos. One half of the team behind the new title "Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini," he's almost assuredly already seen them.
12 June 2015, 10:53 AM ET
Before a Soyuz space capsule returned NASA astronaut Terry Virts to Earth Thursday (June 11), he took time out in space to photograph the Earth below, capturing spectacular vistas of the Pyramids of Egypt, our home planet at night and what looked to be a
11 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
The website PornHub aims to raise $3.4 million via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a film that would feature Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins doing what comes naturally in suborbital space.
11 June 2015, 11:06 AM ET
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gives a tour of her "bedroom" aboard the International Space Station.
11 June 2015, 10:01 AM ET
Three space station crew members have returned home to the Earth after spending nearly 200 days off the planet. American Terry Virts, Russian Anton Shkaplerov and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are back on Earth.
11 June 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Terry Virts (NASA) and Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA) and Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos) landed aboard a Soyuz capsule southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on June 11th, 2015.
11 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new photos from NASA's Dawn spacecraft resolve Ceres' bright spots into numerous points of varying sizes. But researchers still don't know what the spots are.
10 June 2015, 06:57 PM ET
Russian flight controllers quickly fixed the issue, which posed no threat to the station's six crewmembers and it will not affect plans to return three of these spaceflyers to Earth early Thursday (June 11), NASA officials said.
10 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
LightSail, whose mission is funded by members and supporters of the Planetary Society, overcame two separate glitches before unfurling its solar sail on Sunday. A photo captured by the cubesat confirmed the successful deployment.
10 June 2015, 07:05 AM ET
European company Airbus has unveiled its plan to develop rocket engines that fly back to a runway and a reusable "space tug" upper stage — reusability concepts that mirror those being developed by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
09 June 2015, 04:10 PM ET
The 100-foot-wide parachute unfurled well and apparently inflated fully, or nearly fully, Monday before being ruptured by the fast-rushing air during the second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.
09 June 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Three crewmembers who have been aboard the International Space Station for an extended, 6.5-month mission will be heading home on Thursday, with no launch date set for their replacements.
09 June 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Staying clean in space is a challenge, something that Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti knows well after spending several months on the International Space Station In two recent videos, Cristoforetti showed off the station's shower, as well as one
09 June 2015, 02:12 PM ET
On May 27th, 2015, the ISS Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) was relocated to make way for a space berthing port for U.S. cargo spacecraft. Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured an amazing view of the move.
09 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
Twitter user Kevin Eicrhelberger scored what will probably go down as the find of his beach-combing career: the briny wreckage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
09 June 2015, 06:18 AM ET
A new NASA Web tool called "Pluto Time" lets users experience the light levels that prevail at noon on the dwarf planet. Users enter their location, and Pluto Time tells them the next available opportunity to soak up some Plutonian rays.
09 June 2015, 06:15 AM ET
The new Ceres video, which NASA released today (June 8), was created using 80 images captured by the space agency's Dawn probe during its first mapping orbit of the dwarf planet, from an altitude of about 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
09 June 2015, 03:07 AM ET
NASA's Strategic Plan lacks strategy, but there are ways to fix it.
08 June 2015, 06:50 PM ET
The largest supersonic parachute ever built by NASA apparently tore apart during its 'flying saucer' test flight. The 100-foot-wide parachute only partially deployed during an ambitious test of Mars landing technology.
08 June 2015, 06:05 PM ET
On June 8th, 2015, NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) vehicle successfully launched via balloon to ~120,000 feet and its rocket was fired. It reached speeds of up to Mach 4 before engines were shut down.
08 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
The new motion picture, "The Martian," promises loads of thrilling action in its depiction of a human Mars mission gone awry. Matt Damon stars. Ridley Scott ("Alien") directs the story based on a novel by Andy Weir.
08 June 2015, 04:58 PM ET
NASA has bestowed a piece of the moon to the late Edward White, who became the first American to perform a spacewalk 50 years ago. The presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration award was hosted at the USMA West Point Museum in New York.
08 June 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
08 June 2015, 03:47 PM ET
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
08 June 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle launched today (June 8) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT; 7:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii).
08 June 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A GoPro camera on the payload fairing of a recently launched SpaceX Falcon 9 captured stunning views as its spun its way back down to Earth, post-separation.
08 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Spaceflight is going to the masses. Private companies, nonprofit institutions and individual citizens are increasingly looking to bankroll their space-themed projects via crowdfunding campaigns, some of which have raised more than $1 million.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.