Spaceflight Archive
03 August 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Broomfield, Colorado-based Escape Dynamics announced July 17 it carried out a small-scale test in the laboratory of its beamed microwave thruster. In that test, the company beamed microwave energy to a thruster, heating helium propellant and generating a
03 August 2015, 05:22 PM ET
Just two days after the second full moon of July created a so-called blue moon, a NASA photographer captured some stunning views of the International Space Station zipping across the lunar landscape.
03 August 2015, 05:16 PM ET
NASA has selected three finalists for its next Small Explorer astrophysics mission and two finalists for the even smaller Explorer Missions of Opportunity Line, the U.S. space agency said July 30,
03 August 2015, 04:02 PM ET
The team behind NASA's New Horizons mission, which performed the first-ever Pluto flyby last month, has named some Charon craters after characters from the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" franchises, including Darth Vader and Capt. James T. Kirk.
03 August 2015, 02:48 PM ET
The MAPHEUS-5 sounding rocket was launched from the Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden on June 30th, 2015, reaching a height of 161 miles (259 kilometers). It carried 5 experiment modules that were successfully recovered after touchdown.
03 August 2015, 10:23 AM ET
Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka captured imagery of the second full moon of the month, aka Blue Moon, on July 31st, 2015. It is seen setting behind Earth.
31 July 2015, 06:55 PM ET
From an amazing view of Africa from space to a tint galaxy bursting with stars, don't miss these stunning space images.
31 July 2015, 05:19 PM ET
A 16-year-old New York City-area student will one day see her DNA experiment launched to the International Space Station. The experiment was designed by Anna-Sophia Boguraev of Bedford, New York.
31 July 2015, 02:17 PM ET
NASA has a new launch pad for small rockets, and it's open for business to companies hoping to send light satellites into the final frontier.
31 July 2015, 08:51 AM ET
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
31 July 2015, 08:45 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Time magazine's "Year in Space" documentary offers an inside look into the 12-month stint Scott Kelly is spending aboard the International Space Station and also delves into his life as an astronaut.
30 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
This month the European Space Agency took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the European Space Agency's Philae lander, the first probe ever to touch down on one of these icy objects.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Philae has been incommunicado on the surface of Comet 67P for three weeks. The lander team would love to get Philae up and running again soon, so they can get an up-close look at how the comet is affected by its Aug. 13 closest solar approach.
30 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
ESA’s Rosetta probe, orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, deployed its Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014, but it bounced across the comet’s face.
30 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
29 July 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a little bit of fun with a Red Camera, antacid tablet and a water bubble
29 July 2015, 08:30 AM ET
The photo shows SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold floating back to Earth via parachute on Oct. 31, just moments after the vehicle broke apart in a test-flight disaster that killed co-pilot Michael Alsbury.
29 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The Space Launch System megarocket, scheduled to fly for the first time in 2018, will blast unmanned spacecraft toward their targets at unprecedented speeds, dramatically reducing interplanetary travel times, advocates say.
29 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
On Friday, much of the world will have the opportunity to observe a Blue Moon: A somewhat rare occurrence that doesn't have anything to do with the moon's color.
29 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are making strides on a radio telescope array that would be unfurled on the farside of the moon by an unmanned rover operated by astronauts hovering nearby at a gravitationally stable point in space.
28 July 2015, 04:51 PM ET
In order to begin addressing looming problem of human-created orbital debris, the Swiss Clean Space One project is developing a satellite to capture a test Cubesat.
28 July 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The fatal breakup and crash of Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo space plane last year was caused by a co-pilot error, as well as the failure of the spacecraft's builders to anticipate such a catastrophic mistake, federal safety investigators say.
28 July 2015, 02:52 PM ET
The pilots hired to fly SpaceShipTwo have extensive flight and spaceflight experience.
28 July 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The founder of Virgin Group gives a statement in regards to the report. The NTSB found that the co-pilot triggered the failure.
28 July 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The NTSB has released video showing several angles of the doomed SpaceShipTwo flight, from initial separation from the White Knight carrier aircraft to the moment when the ‘feather’ was manually unlocked, too early in the flight, causing the accident
28 July 2015, 11:04 AM ET
Incident investigators find that SpaceShipTwo’s re-entry feather system was manually unlocked too early in the flight causing extreme aerodynamic loading leading to catastrophic structural failure.
28 July 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Traveling at a breakneck speed of about 3700 mph (1652 m/s) in orbit around the moon, NASA LRO ‘drivers’ plan, program, upload, monitor and tweak - over and over again every day.
28 July 2015, 10:07 AM ET
The Smithsonian's Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize, and display astronaut Neil Armstrong's Apollo spacesuit rocketed to success and is now reaching to "reboot" Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 suit and other historic space artifacts.
28 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
A team of engineers has been at work for the past three years to develop a space cleanup satellite. The intent is to eliminate threatening, human-made orbital debris. The worry is not new – there’s lots of clutter to pick and choose from.
28 July 2015, 07:04 AM ET
See how Switzerland plans to clean up space junk using a small claw-equipped satellite.