Spaceflight Archive
15 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
NASA astronaut Terry Virts took a GoPro camera with him on an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) outside the International Space Station on February 25th, 2015.
15 April 2015, 07:16 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto has returned its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon. The new photo was taken on April 9, from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers).
15 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A stunning new video taken by a chase plane shows just how close SpaceX came to pulling off a historic rocket landing Tuesday (April 14) during the launch of its Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.
14 April 2015, 07:21 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
14 April 2015, 04:30 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the company's Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today (April 14) and then returned to Earth, nearly pulling off an unprecedented landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
14 April 2015, 04:16 PM ET
Atop a Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft – loaded with 4,000+ lbs of supplies and experiments – was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 14th, 2015.
14 April 2015, 10:48 AM ET
The International Space Station's cupola provides astronauts with stunning views of Earth and the cosmos. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst can be seen within, as the exterior ballet of window covers proceeded.
14 April 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Taxes are going to play a big role in a Mars mission, both in getting there and upon arrival, one expert says.
14 April 2015, 06:47 AM ET
United Launch Alliance (ULA), the company behind the Atlas and Delta rockets, unveiled Vulcan, its new launch vehicle system. The Vulcan rocket features new engines and a plan for reuse that involves mid-air recovery.
13 April 2015, 05:20 PM ET
United Launch Alliance, a cooperative launch service by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, unveiled its Next-Generation Launch Vehicle, on April 13, 2015. ULA Vulcan can be more cost-competitive with SpaceX and other launch providers.
13 April 2015, 04:35 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX called off the launch of a Dragon spaceship and an ambitious rocket landing try on Monday (April 13) due to bad weather conditions. SpaceX hopes to try again on Tuesday, April 14, at 4:10 p.m. EDT.
13 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In April 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a ocean platform after launching the sixth Dragon cargo mission for NASA. See photos from the Commercial Resupply Service 6 mission here.
13 April 2015, 07:15 AM ET
After an explosion crippled the spacecraft, the three astronauts had to fight to make their way back to Earth.
13 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch its robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station Monday at 4:33 p.m. EDT, then bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back for a soft landing on an unmanned ship in the Atlantic. Watch it live here.
12 April 2015, 09:39 PM ET
All systems are go for the Monday launch of a SpaceX Dragon space capsule carrying NASA cargo the International Space Station on Monday (April 13), a mission that will also include a novel reusable rocket landing attempt.
12 April 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers and two private spaceflight companies tackled big challenges. These, and more, are Space.com's picks for the best space stories for the week of April 12.
12 April 2015, 09:34 AM ET
From a cosmic garden to fishing for space junk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2015.
10 April 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Houston, we have... Apollo 13 custom LEGO minifigures! Launched in time for the start of the historic mission's 45th anniversary, UK-based Minifigs.me has introduced a new set of four minifigures replicating the Apollo 13 crew and their flight director.
10 April 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell "lost the moon" after a mid-flight explosion. Now, on the anniversary of his most famous liftoff, the Adler Planetarium is launching its own "Mission Moon," based on Lovell's life.
10 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
An interview with Sam Herron, one of the co-founders of the Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon that kicks off today (April 10).
10 April 2015, 10:27 AM ET
European Space Agency scientists recently performed tests on a projectile net that will be used to capture loose space junk.
10 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut and baseball fan Terry Virts is taking pictures of the 28 North American cities that host a major-league team, then posting the photos to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He wants you to guess the cities' identities.
10 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown on an unmanned "spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean after the booster sends Dragon on its way toward the orbiting lab Monday (April 13).
09 April 2015, 06:04 PM ET
Martian astronauts will need to be able to withstand the reduced gravity and increased radiation in deep space. And they'll have to find a way to deal with the boredom, experts say.
09 April 2015, 04:41 PM ET
Traveling through space at 30,000 miles per hour poses some risks, which is why NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe is wearing a bulletproof vest.
09 April 2015, 02:39 PM ET
NASA's Mars-studying MAVEN spacecraft notched a spaceflight milestone this week — its 1,000th orbit of the Red Planet. MAVEN arrived at Mars in September 2014 and began its yearlong prime science mission on Nov. 16.
08 April 2015, 05:35 PM ET
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
08 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Flying twice the speed of a Space Shuttle, a collision with cosmic debris could be catastrophic. Flying twice the speed of a Space Shuttle, a collision with cosmic debris could be catastrophic.
08 April 2015, 09:00 AM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which entered orbit around Ceres on March 6, will begin its science campaign at the dwarf planet on April 23.
07 April 2015, 06:26 PM ET
Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin flight tests this year of an innovative new spaceship — a milestone made possible by the firm's rocket engine success.
07 April 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Living on comets requires great care — the gravity is so weak that you could easily jump off the frozen bodies and into space.