Spaceflight Archive
10 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch the DSCOVR space weather satellite, land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket in a reusability test and bring its Dragon cargo capsule safely down to Earth, all in the span of a few hours.
09 February 2015, 07:40 PM ET
The International Space Station's crew captured imagery of the aurora borealis stretching into the light of the sunrise above the east coast on the United States and Canada.
09 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
ESA's tiny suborbital testbed vehicle could pave the way for later orbital space planes.
09 February 2015, 03:51 PM ET
The unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), is slated to blast off Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST from French Guiana. Its 100-minute suborbital flight is designed to test out re-entry technologies.
09 February 2015, 10:35 AM ET
The launch of a new satellite designed to monitor space weather has been delayed another day.
09 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
These shots of the Martian surface from orbit show our planetary neighbor as never before.
09 February 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Neil Armstrong had a secret stash of moon landing mementos. The first man to walk on the moon kept a bag full of small parts from the lunar module that he and his Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin famously piloted to a landing at Tranquility Base in 1969.
08 February 2015, 06:29 PM ET
The commercial launch company SpaceX aborted the planned launch of a long-awaited space weather satellite and a novel rocket landing test Sunday due to problems with a U.S. Air Force radar tracking system.
08 February 2015, 09:06 AM ET
From Jupiter and the moon's dance to a mock mission on Mars, this has been a big week for news. Here are Space.com's picks for the biggest space stories of the week.
08 February 2015, 02:32 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt the ultimate space double-header today (Feb. 8) with the launch of a space weather observatory followed by an ambitious rocket landing attempt on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
07 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
When SpaceX launches a long-delayed satellite on Sunday, the company hopes to do the amazing: return a rocket to Earth and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
06 February 2015, 03:53 PM ET
Move over astronaut freeze-dried ice cream, Russian space food tubes have arrived. The All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is now selling authentic cosmonaut food to the public through a new vending machine.
06 February 2015, 11:13 AM ET
The long-delayed Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will orbit at the L1 Lagrange Point in the sun-Earth system, to monitor the solar wind and forecast space weather at Earth.
06 February 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Dawn captured the new images on Wednesday (Feb. 4), when the probe was 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
06 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
All seven crewmembers, who will spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station near the Utah town of Hanksville, are astronaut candidates for Mars One's Red Planet colonization effort.
05 February 2015, 05:26 PM ET
DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program (ALASA) plans to create a low cost (less the 1 millions dollars per launch) alternative for small satellite launches.
05 February 2015, 01:29 PM ET
NASA's Dawn Mission, tentatively scheduled for orbital insertion on March 6th, 2015, shot new images from about 90,000 miles distance. Ceres contains about a third of the entire mass of the Main Belt asteroids.
05 February 2015, 01:08 PM ET
One of the final remaining structures unique to supporting NASA's space shuttle program is no more. The Mate-Demate Device at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which mounted and removed the orbiters from the back of jumbo jets for 35 years, has been de
05 February 2015, 10:30 AM ET
The European Space Agency is preparing for launch next week of a small reusable spacecraft that is due to make its first test run beyond the atmosphere.
04 February 2015, 05:54 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe has captured new photos — which show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon — with its telescopic camera on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27, when the probe was about 126 million miles (203 million kilometers) from the Pluto system.
04 February 2015, 01:49 PM ET
NASA astronaut Don Pettit talks about being poked and prodded over the extent of his career to understand the effect of spaceflight on humans and to help make medical advances on Earth.
04 February 2015, 12:18 PM ET
The FAA’s Office of the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has given thumbs-up regarding private sector operations on the Moon.
04 February 2015, 07:20 AM ET
SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that the company's spaceport drone ships will be called "Just Read the Instructions" and "Of Course I Still Love You," after spaceships in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.
03 February 2015, 02:45 PM ET
SpaceX will soon ship a Dragon test vehicle to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where the spaceship will undergo a critical "pad abort" trial to show how Dragon might respond if a problem were to occur during launch.
03 February 2015, 02:39 PM ET
Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-4 “Albert Einstein”) met its demise on Nov. 2nd, 2013, carrying 1.6 tons of trash and used clothing from the International Space Station.
03 February 2015, 12:00 PM ET
With its intense heat, thick air and high pressure, Venus is not an ideal vacation spot.
03 February 2015, 11:40 AM ET
Conditions on the planet Mercury would make living there a challenge. See what the days and nights might be like on the closest planet to the sun in our infographic.
02 February 2015, 07:47 PM ET
During the 'State of NASA 2016' speech, administrator Charles Bolden talked about the space agency's Orion, Boeing's CST-100, and SpaceX's Dragon spacecrafts.
02 February 2015, 07:42 PM ET
The White House's fiscal year 2016 budget request for NASA, which was released Monday (Feb. 2), allocates $18.5 billion to the space agency, including $30 million to formulate a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.
02 February 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Neither Opportunity nor NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allocated any funds in the White House's fiscal year 2016 budget request. But that doesn't mean the missions will definitely cease operations.
02 February 2015, 04:20 PM ET
The White House is requesting a $500 million boost for the NASA budget in 2016, potentially propelling the space agency on its way toward sending humans to Mars in the future, the agency's chief said Monday.
02 February 2015, 01:56 PM ET
Workers at various NASA centers recite copy written for unknown purposes pertaining to non-specific agency endeavors.