Spaceflight Archive
19 May 2014, 02:49 PM ET
NASA has shortlisted three potential commercial partners for non-funded agreements as part of the agency's quest to land robotic spacecraft on the moon.
19 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire Elon Musk says his private spaceflight company SpaceX has made some progress toward a permanent colony on Mars — a long-time goal in the entrepreneur's push to help make humanity a multi-planet species.
19 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
While it was never an official NASA program, FLATs helped pave the way for the first female Shuttle pilot.
19 May 2014, 10:38 AM ET
Wubbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch citizen to fly into space, died Sunday (May 18), the European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed. He was 68.
18 May 2014, 03:08 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean today (May 18), bringing more than 1,000 lbs. of science cargo back to Earth from the International Space Station.
18 May 2014, 09:40 AM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule departed the International Space Station today, putting it on a path back to Earth after about one month attached to the orbiting outpost.
18 May 2014, 08:20 AM ET
See photos from SpaceX's third Dragon space capsule mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission launches April 18, 2014 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
17 May 2014, 11:30 AM ET
A replacement Global Positioning System spacecraft for the world's best-known satellite constellation ascended into orbit Friday night aboard a Delta 4 rocket in a spectacular sendoff at sunset.
16 May 2014, 08:46 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
16 May 2014, 08:02 PM ET
From two neutron stars merging to Jupiter's shrinking spot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2014.
16 May 2014, 07:24 PM ET
From the moon occulting Saturn to the earthgrazer meteor, don't miss these spectacular objects to watch in the night sky.
16 May 2014, 05:44 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to leave the International Space Station and splash down intact in the ocean on Sunday (May 18), and you can watch it live online.
16 May 2014, 05:07 PM ET
The ambitious private project, the first of its type, is attempting to reuse the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 probe (ISEE-3), which launched in 1978 and ceased science operations in 1997.
16 May 2014, 04:29 PM ET
The Venus Express probe is running low on fuel. So mission officials wrapped up routine science operations this week to begin preparing the spacecraft for a deep dive into the planet's fast-swirling air.
16 May 2014, 01:21 PM ET
The space agency has approved a new mission called K2 for Kepler. The telescope's original exoplanet hunt came to an end in May 2013 when the second of the spacecraft's four reaction wheels failed, robbing it of its precision pointing ability.
16 May 2014, 12:36 PM ET
The ESA Venus Express will dive to an orbit of 80 miles above Venus with the atmosphere-skimming maneuver. Mission controllers hope to maintain the orbit from June 18th - July 11th, 2014.
16 May 2014, 11:51 AM ET
In preparation for his Mercury Redstone-2 flight, Ham checks out his life support system and couch.
16 May 2014, 10:28 AM ET
An advanced Russian communications satellite was destroyed Thursday (May 15) when its Proton rocket booster failed minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
16 May 2014, 09:54 AM ET
Microorganisms from Earth could hitch a ride on spacecraft and end up colonizing the Red Planet and other celestial bodies in the solar system, recent research suggests.
16 May 2014, 09:23 AM ET
Communications were lost with the Proton-M rocket carrying an advanced communications satellite 540 seconds after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on May 16th, 2014. July 2013 Proton Explosion: http://goo.gl/9yMJ2S
16 May 2014, 07:21 AM ET
The bold asteroid-redirect plan may also feature the first in-space test of the "enhanced gravity tractor" technique, which could help steer dangerous space rocks away from Earth.
15 May 2014, 07:53 PM ET
A Russian Proton rocket carrying an advanced satellite reportedly crashed after launching toward space on Thursday (May 15). The Proton rocket may have crashed in the Pacific Ocean, according to Russian media reports.
15 May 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Three members of the House Science Committee have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking him to explain the current state of the partnership in light of recent comments made by a senior Russian official.
15 May 2014, 01:51 PM ET
Astronaut John Glenn inspects artwork to be painted on his Mercury spacecraft.
15 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Spaceflight industry experts and supporters are gathering in the City of Angels this week to discuss the future of human spaceflight during a conference featuring Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX.
15 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Whenever humans finally touch down on Mars, they'll be following in the footsteps of many brave robotic pioneers. Unmanned missions to the Red Planet have greatly increased scientists' and engineers' ability to eventually pull off a manned Mars effort.
15 May 2014, 02:57 AM ET
For astronauts flying in space, spacesuits are a must-have accessory. But spacesuit technology has come a long way since the dawn of human spaceflight. Tonight, MIT professor Dava Newman will discuss her BioSuit spacesuit design and you can watch it live.
14 May 2014, 05:14 PM ET
The future of United States space travel will involve significant governmental cooperation with private industry, according to a panel of spaceflight experts.
14 May 2014, 12:59 PM ET
The call by one Russian official to ban Russian rocket engine use on U.S. military launches and to pull out of the International Space Station project by 2020, could have far-reaching repercussions for U.S. spaceflight if realized.
14 May 2014, 11:59 AM ET
Their services have permeated daily lives for countless millions of people, and now the latest Global Positioning System satellite is awaiting blastoff Thursday (May 15) to bolster the navigation network.
14 May 2014, 11:13 AM ET
A camera system is set up in the dynamic test chamber at Goddard Space Flight Center where thorough testing in a simulated space environment is the practice.
14 May 2014, 09:58 AM ET
More than 50 years after Neil Armstrong stood under it for a photo, a sign outside the main building at NASA's flight research center in southern California was revealed on Tuesday (May 13), now amended with the late astronaut's name.