Spaceflight Archive
05 June 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Humans should go to Mars to explore, and also as a form of insurance in case disaster strikes on Earth, the aerospace company's president, Gwynne Shotwell, told a small crowd here today (June 4) at the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry.
05 June 2014, 12:05 PM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. See images and photos from the carbon-hunting mission in this Space.com gallery.
05 June 2014, 11:59 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2014.
04 June 2014, 10:39 PM ET
NASA's prime innovations, from Apollo to Viking.
04 June 2014, 06:49 PM ET
The Boldlygo Institute (non-governmental, non profit organization) has proposed a mission that would fly about 24 miles above the surface of the Red Planet and collect particles from seasonal Martian dust storms.
04 June 2014, 04:13 PM ET
Sending astronauts to Mars should be NASA's ultimate goal, but a change in strategy and more funding are vital to make a manned trip to the Red Planet a reality, according to a new National Research Council report.
04 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rocket is a mega-booster that would be the largest, most powerful launch vehicle since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket. Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket works.
04 June 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Deployed from the hovering helicopter, the U.S. Navy frogmen make contact with the astronaut waiting inside.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
03 June 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon Mark II capsule is designed to bring crews to the Space Station, then re-enter and land upright on solid ground for rapid reconditioning and reuse.
03 June 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The three aerospace companies competing to build astronaut taxis for NASA have completed the first stage of flight certification under the agency's Commercial Crew Program, officials announced on Friday (May 30).
03 June 2014, 10:44 AM ET
In the new biography, 'Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space,' released June 3 by Simon & Schuster, Lynn Sherr recounts the public, private and secret lives of her friend, the trailblazing astronaut.
03 June 2014, 09:50 AM ET
From Pres. Kennedy’s moon mission choice to how the Shuttle was run, historian Asif Siddiqi reviews political decisions as a background to today’s impediments to spaceflight.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle Thursday (June 5) from a U.S. Navy facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon-aided liftoff was originally scheduled for June 3, but the weather did not cooperate.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Working evenings and weekends, an all-girl rocketry team spent months building a rocket to protect an egg inside. Their efforts earned them a spot in the White House Science Fair Tuesday (May 27).
02 June 2014, 02:40 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, announced today (June 2) that it has signed a deal with Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) to film its astronaut selection and training process.
02 June 2014, 01:12 PM ET
The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, is rigorously tested in NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. This technology is being developed to deliver larger payloads to planets more efficiently.
02 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
Astronaut John Glenn dresses in his silver Mercury pressure suit preparing for his first orbit around Earth.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The kinds of alien planets that orbit distant stars may be revealed by taking a close look at the elements that make up those parent stars, researchers say.
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The United Kingdom could have a spaceport by 2018. Pending a regulatory report to be published this July and a technical feasibility study that is underway with the country's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), a spaceport is possible.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
31 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 31, 2014.
31 May 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Red tape and a moderate earthquake did not deter a private group from meeting its goal of making contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft that has been slumbering in deep space since 1997.
30 May 2014, 12:41 PM ET
Little Joe's launch vehicle was launched for the first time on Oct. 4, 1959.
30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic, the private space venture bankrolled by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that spells out how the company will use U.S. airspace during its planned suborbital flights.
30 May 2014, 01:21 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule to the world tonight (May 29) for the first time.
29 May 2014, 10:59 PM ET
Elon Musk unveiled the private space company's new spacecraft on May 29th, 2014.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.
29 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.