Spaceflight Archive
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
29 June 2015, 12:35 PM ET
The SpaceX CRS-7 cargo transport to the ISS failed on June 28th, 2015. The rocket stack broke apart shortly after reaching maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q).
29 June 2015, 11:11 AM ET
Examining the sizable solar flare of March 11th, 2015, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission captured the best Temporal and spatial resolution yet.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Patches of water ice likely speckle the surface of Rosetta's comet, according to observations newly released from the European spacecraft. The orbiter spotted 120 bright spots that were at least a few meters in size.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Artifacts recovered from the wreckages of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles are for the first time now on public display, as part of a powerful new exhibit that honors the two spacecraft and their fallen astronaut crewmembers.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during a cargo launch Sunday shouldn't have a big impact on the company's ability to fly astronauts to orbit and back a few years from now, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 04:03 PM ET
The three crewmembers currently aboard the International Space Station are in no danger of running out of crucial supplies despite today's failure of a SpaceX cargo mission to the orbiting lab, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 11:38 AM ET
An exoplanet apparently possesses a huge cometlike tail, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped amazing images of Pluto and a solar storm supercharged northern lights displays. Here's a look at's top stories of the week.
28 June 2015, 10:55 AM ET
From the best-ever looks at Pluto and its largest moon Charon to gorgeous views of a supercharged northern lights display, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An unmanned SpaceX cargo mission crashed back to Earth today (June 28), marking the third failure of a resupply flight to the International Space Station in the past eight months. SpaceX and NASA officials still aren't sure exactly what happened.
28 June 2015, 10:36 AM ET
The latest Dragon spacecraft cargo run to the International Space Station blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28th, 2015 and exploded during flight.
28 June 2015, 03:15 AM ET
On June 28, 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched its seventh unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission failed shortly after liftoff.
26 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part docu-drama about the spouses of America's first spacemen, entered orbit with its second episode Thursday (June 25). But how closely did "Protocol" follow the real space history?
26 June 2015, 05:08 PM ET
Start-up satellite Internet provider OneWeb LLC, in a move that could quiet its doubters, has announced that it raised $500 million in equity from sources as varied as Indian telecommunications network provider Bharti Enterprises and Coca-Cola.
26 June 2015, 03:31 PM ET
A NASA suborbital sounding rocket filled with student experiments flew more than 71 miles (114 kilometers) high yesterday (June 25).
26 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The daring maneuver will take place during the launch of SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. EDT Sunday (June 28), and you can watch live here at
26 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers are probing how the bizarre stresses of space affect astronauts embarked on a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, with an eye toward reducing the negative of long-duration spaceflight in the future.
25 June 2015, 06:55 PM ET
The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars. But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done.
25 June 2015, 05:32 PM ET
A previously unreleased company video shows how challenging landing a Falcon 9 on a robot barge at sea can be. Many autonomous systems must act in concert and all must get their parts perfect.
25 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The space agency will hold a workshop in Houston this October to kick off serious discussions about possible landing sites for NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet, which the agency aims to launch by the mid- to late 2030s.
25 June 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A new video infographic shows off some of the vessels that have borne the name "Enterprise" over the years, from an 18th-century sailing ship to multiple iterations of the famous spacecraft in the fictional "Star Trek" universe.
25 June 2015, 12:31 PM ET
The Terrier-Improved Orion rocket carrying student experiments launched from the Wallops Flight Facility to an altitude of 71.4 miles on June 25th, 2015. The payload parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 100 artifacts from the estate of one of the first "significant space collectors" are being auctioned in Boston. The auction, hosted by RR Auction, features many of the stand-out pieces curated by Leon Ford, who died in August 2014.
24 June 2015, 06:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons probe making a close flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you spot the dwarf planet in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
24 June 2015, 05:12 PM ET
Singer-songwriter Craig Werth has written a song called "Oh Pluto" to highlight and celebrate NASA's New Horizons mission, which will give the world its first up-close looks at the dwarf planet during a highly anticipated flyby on July 14.
24 June 2015, 01:05 PM ET
ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew an autonomous sub-orbital mission on 11 February 2015. Simple as a capsule, but with aerodynamics of a winged craft, the IXV could bring back astronauts or do other important missions.
24 June 2015, 11:40 AM ET
The Rosetta probe, which is currently orbiting a comet as it hurtles around the sun, has been given an extended lifetime that will likely end with the spacecraft falling down onto the surface of the comet, officials announced yesterday.
23 June 2015, 07:05 PM ET
Astromice are helping people chart the course to Mars, and revealing that voyage's risks.
23 June 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted a strange dark patch at the pole of Pluto's big moon Charon, further whetting researchers' appetites ahead of the probe's epic flyby of the dwarf planet system next month.
23 June 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu will wait for a later flight.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
During its 13.5 years in orbit, Mars Odyssey has spotted the first evidence of water ice on Mars, mapped the entire Red Planet surface in vivid detail, and coordinated the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers' communications with Earth.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to send robotic submarines into Europa's subsurface ocean someday, and researchers are currently testing out some prototypes in Antarctica.