Spaceflight Archive
23 August 2014, 07:52 AM ET
A SpaceX F9R reusable rocket protoype exploded over McGregor, Texas, on Friday (Aug. 22) during a complicated test flight. See video of debris falling from the sky here.
22 August 2014, 10:26 PM ET
The private space company's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket exploded on August 22nd, 2014 during a test flight in McGregor, Texas. Footage of the wreckage falling back to the surface after the explosion was uploaded to Youtube by Pat Hykkonen.
22 August 2014, 07:41 PM ET
Hakuto's rovers will team up to explore lunar caves.
22 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, Aug. 21. He was 67. Nagel died after a long battle with cancer, the Association of Space Explorers reported.
22 August 2014, 04:12 PM ET
This week, aerospace firm Northrop Grumman released artwork depicting its conception of the XS-1 space plane, which it's designing under a $3.9 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
22 August 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The U.S. military is developing the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane to launch space missions faster and cheaper than ever before. See photos and images of the DARPA-led XS-1 space plane project in this Space.com gallery.
22 August 2014, 02:29 PM ET
Two astronauts living and working on the International Space Station have captured a one-two punch of incredible views showing two active volcanoes spewing steam and lava from space.
22 August 2014, 10:54 AM ET
New research led by NASA shows that spaceflight confuses the immune system.
22 August 2014, 06:02 AM ET
The new map, made using photos taken by NASA's Voyager 2 probe in 1989, has also been turned into a movie reconstructing the spacecraft's historic Triton encounter — the only time a spacecraft has ever visited the Neptune system.
21 August 2014, 06:37 PM ET
The probe passed within 25,000 miles (40,000 km) of the Neptune moon in August 1989. Highly detailed maps from Voyager were used to recreate the surface colors. Full Story: http://goo.gl/FdROmX
21 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
As SpaceX gets ready to launch astronauts into space in the coming years, the California-based company is also pushing the frontier in another field: 3D printing.
21 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Venus Express probe wrapped up its "aerobraking" move and entered a new, higher orbit late last month. It will continue to study Venus for several more months and then, as its fuel runs out, dip back into the planet's atmosphere for good.
21 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time.
20 August 2014, 04:49 PM ET
A pair of rovers – one four-wheel robot and one two-wheel robot which can rappel on a tether– will work together to survey vertical lunar features.
20 August 2014, 04:42 PM ET
“Hakuto" means “white rabbit" in Japanese whose mythology, depicts the image seen on the moon as a rabbit not as a face.
20 August 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Rough terrain is a fact of life for planetary rovers. Hakuto designs rover systems as small as possible and to utilize commercial of the shelf components. But will these choices conspire against the rover's survival?
20 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Hakuto is the only Japanese team participating in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to land a robot on the moon, drive that robot 500 meters and send back high-definition imagery and video.
20 August 2014, 02:17 PM ET
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
20 August 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's advice for life on Earth has become the basis for a television sitcom. ABC committed to the production of a pilot episode for a family comedy inspired by Hadfield's book, 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.'
20 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. See how it works in this Space.com infographic.
20 August 2014, 10:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Call them the 'rat-stronauts.' NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Packed on Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It's not the most important payload on the Automated Transfer Vehicle, but the box's contents commemorate the fleet's five spacecraft namesakes.
19 August 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration.
19 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
18 August 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon, but the folks behind Jockey underwear think they could have helped him conquer the galaxy.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface Sunday (Aug. 17).
18 August 2014, 12:37 PM ET
A Russian cosmonaut threw a tiny satellite into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station today (Aug. 18).
18 August 2014, 11:57 AM ET
See photos of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev throwing the Peru-built Chasqui 1 satellite from the International Space Station on Aug. 18, 2014.
18 August 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev was the envy of Major League Baseball on August 18th, 2014, throwing a fastball that will literally go around the world. He deployed a 4"X 4" X 4" Peruvian nanosatellite, massing 2lb, which will photograph Earth.
18 August 2014, 09:32 AM ET
Russia's new Angara rocket family is the country's first post-Soviet era booster to be developed. See photos of the Angara rocket's development, test flights and future.
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.