Spaceflight Archive
18 July 2014, 03:36 PM ET
Diagrams and NASA artwork show how Apollo astronauts flew to the moon.
18 July 2014, 12:40 PM ET
After refusing to fire its engines last week for a course correction, a vintage NASA spacecraft did produce a bit of thrust Wednesday (July 16), proving it still has at least some fuel left after 36 years in space.
18 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, who commanded space shuttle Discovery's first flight, died on July 17, 2014. He was 80. Hartsfield logged a total of 483 hours in space, circling the Earth 321 times on three space shuttle missions.
18 July 2014, 10:26 AM ET
On the second day of their historic mission to land on the moon for the first time, the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong (commander), Mike Collins (command module pilot) and Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) received a small gift from Mission Control.
18 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has gotten its best look yet at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with which it will rendezvous early next month. And the results are surprising, researchers said.
17 July 2014, 06:12 PM ET
Following a flawless launch the day before, the Apollo 11 crew continued their historic journey to the moon on July 17, 1969. Landing at the Sea of Tranquility was scheduled for July 20.
17 July 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Filmmaker Rod Pyle compiles footage from July of 1969 in commemoration of the mission that put the first bootprints on the moon. The title is taken from President John F. Kennedy's so-called "moon speech" of 12 September 1962.
17 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
General Electric is taking a 'small step' into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in making mankind's first 'giant leap' on the moon. The company will offer its moon boot-inspired sneakers 45 years to the day after the firs
17 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
The first moon landing, 45 years ago on Sunday (July 20), didn't just define a decade, it set a new chapter in human history. That Apollo 11 moon landing, and the U.S.-Soviet Union Space Race that led up to it, star in CNN's 'The Sixties' tonight July 17.
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
17 July 2014, 12:39 AM ET
'Space tourism' is a catch-all term that encompasses three different ideas of what the industry could look like.
16 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
“Dr. Rendezvous” talks with Space.com about moonwalking, seeing Earth from Tranquility Base (and how the spacesuit restrained him from doing so) and the inside story of landing on Moon. -- Excerpt from Space.com Google+ Hangout: http://goo.gl/xJktMk
16 July 2014, 04:07 PM ET
The European spacecraft has completed a risky aerobreaking maneuver in Venus' atmosphere, allowing critical data of the planet's atmosphere to be taken.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Mike Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin blasted into space 45 years ago today (July 16) on Apollo 11's history-making mission to the moon.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
NASA's historic launch of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission 45 years ago today changed the face of humanity, and nowhere does that resonate more than with astronauts living on the International Space Station.
16 July 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, a simple pen played a critical, if unexpected role in the safe return to Earth of the first astronauts to land on the moon. Now there are new pens to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
16 July 2014, 12:13 PM ET
For centuries before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the idea of going there stirred people's imaginations. See the 350-year history of moon exploration in this Space.com infographic.
16 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
A commercial Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corporation arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, July 16, to deliver 1.5 tons of supplies for astronauts aboard.
16 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
A private group has a backup plan for a vintage NASA spacecraft after reconsidering initial suspicions that it was out of gas. See how the ISEE-3 Reboot Project is tapping the minds of the crowdsourcing 'Borg' to find alternative.
16 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
ISS astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman praise the Apollo program for leading the way to today's and future space programs.
16 July 2014, 06:00 AM ET
July 20, 2014 will mark the 45th anniversary of the first moonwalk. NASA has planned a slew of events to reflect on the historic landing and look ahead to the future of space exploration.
15 July 2014, 07:34 PM ET
A commercial delivery ship packed with astronaut food and supplies is expected to arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow morning (July 16). You can watch the docking live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
15 July 2014, 06:16 PM ET
On June 18, Arizona-based World View launched a scaled-down version of its balloon system to an altitude of nearly 23 miles. The unmanned flight featured spectacular views of Earth from the stratosphere, as the new World View video reveals.
15 July 2014, 04:12 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
15 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
For a German astronaut living in space, his home country's epic World Cup victory this week was quite literally out-of-this-world.
15 July 2014, 03:16 PM ET
World View Enterprises is developing capsules transported by high-altitude balloons and parafoil to 100,000 feet. A scaled version of the capsule broke the record for highest parafoil flight at 120,000 feet (and the view was spectacular).
15 July 2014, 02:43 PM ET
The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) is a re-usable unmanned vehicle with the ability to deploy small satellites using expendable upper stages.
15 July 2014, 12:27 PM ET
A Mercury spacecraft lands in the ocean after launched from Little Joe in a High-Q-Abort test.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
15 July 2014, 08:42 AM ET
NASA's Charles Bolden recalls where he was when the first men walked on the Moon in July of 1969. -- Video: Buzz Remembers Moments Before Moon - http://goo.gl/95uozd
15 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission will be within 6,214 miles (10,000 km) from the surface of the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Similar cameras on a probe that close to Earth would be able to resolve individual building and their shapes.
14 July 2014, 08:00 PM ET
Of nail biting descent calls and cockpit politics: An excerpt from Space.com's Google+ Hangout with Dr. Aldrin on 14 July 2014. - See it here: http://goo.gl/xJktMk