Spaceflight Archive
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.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
07 June 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From up-close looks at Saturn's "spongy" moon Hyperion to photos of the first NASA spacewalk, which occurred 50 years ago this week, don't miss these amazing space images.
05 June 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The nonprofit Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft has not communicated with Earth since Wednesday afternoon (June 3), shortly after an apparently successful solar-panel deployment, mission team members said.
05 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
The United Arab Emirates' UAE Space Agency is aiming to launch its first mission to Mars by 2021, and has unveiled a full strategy for space exploration.
05 June 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A rundown of some of the most common misconceptions about the dwarf planet, which will be imaged in detail for the first time during the July 14 flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
05 June 2015, 07:50 AM ET
From June 7 through June 21, Mars will be behind the sun from Earth's perspective. This geometry makes radio communications between the two planets difficult, so engineers won't send commands to NASA's Mars spacecraft during this stretch.
04 June 2015, 04:54 PM ET
NASA's Historic Mission Control in Houston is soon to be even more historic. The space agency's control room, which went active 50 years ago, is being restored to its Apollo-era state to ensure the room is around for many generations to come.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA could land astronauts on the Red Planet by 2039 without breaking the bank, provided the space agency takes a stepwise approach that includes a manned 2033 trip to the Mars moon Phobos, according to the research.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The path to Pluto this summer for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should be relatively smooth and safe, a new and improved portrait of the dwarf planet's moons suggests.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A campaign called "Dear Pluto" aims to get kids around the country excited ahead of the New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of the dwarf planet this summer.
03 June 2015, 10:22 AM ET
50 years ago, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. There's more to White's spacewalk than the floating feat alone.
03 June 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle is scheduled to launch from the Hawaiian island of Kauai no earlier than 1:30 p.m. EDT on Monday (June 8), borne aloft by a giant balloon. You can watch the test live here at Space.com.
03 June 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The United States first stepped out into the void of space 50 years ago today (June 3). NASA astronaut Ed White left the safety of the Gemini 4 spacecraft equipped with nothing but a spacesuit, a tether and a small gas gun for maneuvering.
02 June 2015, 05:32 PM ET
NASA astronaut Michael Foreman is a spacewalk veteran who knows what it's like to suit up in a one-man spaceship to build space stations. See his view on how spacewalking has evolved since the first outings in 1965.
02 June 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Paving the way for Apollo's missions to the moon, the Gemini program provided much-needed experience for astronauts in space.
02 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The May 29 statement by Roscosmos on the May 16 Proton rocket failure confirmed initial suspicions of a third-stage engine issue but otherwise left many questions unanswered about the failure's origin.
02 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
02 June 2015, 12:30 PM ET
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully made its latest and final flyby of Hyperion, Saturn's spongy moon. And the view was amazing.
02 June 2015, 12:26 PM ET
When Alexei Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965, he became the first spacewalker ever.
02 June 2015, 12:08 PM ET
NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American astronaut to walk in space on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission. See photos from White's historic spacewalk.