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Spaceflight Archive
23 January 2014, 06:32 AM ET
A fresh satellite for NASA's communications network is set for launch from Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Jan. 23) to bolster voice and data links between mission control, the International Space Station and a fleet of orbiting research observatories.
22 January 2014, 04:37 PM ET
A seamstress, with assistance from three others, creates a possible replacement sunshade for the Skylab Orbital Workshop.
22 January 2014, 03:06 PM ET
A popular, historic and huge NASA tour spot is closing to the public as the space agency picks up the pace preparing for the future of U.S. space exploration. Public tours into the Vehicle Assembly Building in Florida are set to end on Feb. 11.
22 January 2014, 02:52 PM ET
It's official: the bill re-naming the NASA's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California for the first man to walk on the moon is now a law.
22 January 2014, 11:59 AM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
22 January 2014, 11:02 AM ET
As SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell's Mars mission in the Utah desert comes to a close, she reflects on the commitment it takes to 'live' on the Red Planet, from maneuvering in a spacesuit to simulating zero gravity surgery.
21 January 2014, 12:16 PM ET
SpaceX marked another milestone in its quest to build a spaceship that could deliver American astronauts into orbit. The commercial spaceflight company dropped a human-rated version of its Dragon capsule into the Pacific Ocean to test out its parachutes.
21 January 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Astronaut Michael Gerhardt stands on the Manipulator Foot Restraint during his STS-69 Extravehicular Activity.
20 January 2014, 01:44 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe was scheduled to emerge from a 2.5-year-long hibernation at 5:00 a.m. EST today. See how the spacecraft awoke from its deep sleep in deep space.
20 January 2014, 05:07 AM ET
Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, and videos filmed as part of an international competition will help greet the spacecraft after it awakens.
20 January 2014, 04:15 AM ET
See photos of NASA's Valkyrie (R5) space robot, a humanoid robot built to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge and advance the state of the art of robotics within the agency.
19 January 2014, 04:09 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is slated to wake from a 31-month hibernation Monday (Jan. 20) for its 2014 encounter with a comet. Here's how to watch it live beginning at 4:15 a.m. EST (0915 GMT).
18 January 2014, 04:56 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
18 January 2014, 12:12 PM ET
From a photo showing a spooky looking nebula to a striking new photo of a doomed star, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 18, 2014.
18 January 2014, 11:12 AM ET
Four private companies working to eventually launch astronauts into space with NASA are gearing up for a big year in 2014.
17 January 2014, 05:11 PM ET
The Dragon test article successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in December. The parachute deployment system was evaluated as part of their Commercial Crew Integrated Capability agreement with NASA.
17 January 2014, 05:07 PM ET
The spacesuits and backpacks used on "Marswalks" at the Mars Desert Research Station are not quite the real deal, but feel real enough when you put one on.
17 January 2014, 04:50 PM ET
The new 'Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars' exhibition chronicles NASA;s Mars Exploration Rover mission at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
17 January 2014, 04:03 PM ET
From 1955 to 1962, Neil Armstrong was a research pilot at the NASA Research Flight Center now named in his honor. While flying there, he tested numerous cutting edge craft, including rocket powered jets and jet capable of sweeping its wings.
17 January 2014, 03:34 PM ET
The two-part Rosetta spacecraft is designed to orbit and land on a comet. See how it will orbit and land on the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014.
17 January 2014, 12:36 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe is scheduled to wake up at 5:00 a.m. EST Monday after sleeping in deep space for the past 957 days. Rosetta will then start preparing to rendezvous with Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko in May.
17 January 2014, 09:48 AM ET
NASA engineers test multi-lobed air bags to protect the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.
17 January 2014, 06:30 AM ET
The spectacular SpaceShipTwo video documents the vehicle's rocket-powered flight on Jan. 10, which set a company altitude record by getting up to 71,000 feet (21,641 meters) in the skies above California's Mojave Air and Space Port.
17 January 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Japanese scientists are getting ready to launch a test of a space junk-cleaning tether, according to press reports.
16 January 2014, 05:21 PM ET
NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet 10 years ago and the space agency will celebrate with a live webcast event tonight at 10 p.m. EST. Here's how to watch live.
16 January 2014, 04:42 PM ET
As I revved the all-terrain vehicle up the steep hill, I could feel gravity and mud pushing me back from the crest. I leaned forward in my spacesuit and with my right thumb, pressed hard on the throttle.
16 January 2014, 01:38 PM ET
The test of China's new "hypersonic glide vehicle," which apparently took place Jan. 9, was not designed to advance the nation's ability to penetrate American missile defense systems, according to Chinese military officials.
16 January 2014, 12:49 PM ET
The Space Shuttle Atlantis lands with its drag chute deployed.
16 January 2014, 11:14 AM ET
The European Space Agency is developing a tight-fitting "skinsuit" designed to squeeze the body from the shoulders to the feet, counteracting the lack of gravity in space.
16 January 2014, 07:40 AM ET
An interstellar spacecraft could conceivably be powered by the radiation emitted by a tiny, manmade black hole. Here's a look at what it would take to turn this ambitious idea into reality.
16 January 2014, 07:38 AM ET
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program would get up to $696 million — its highest annual budget yet — under an omnibus spending bill drafted by Congress to fund the federal government for the remainder of 2014.
16 January 2014, 07:34 AM ET
During an orientation walk around the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah on Jan. 5, our crew confronted a steep hill.