Spaceflight Archive
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
14 July 2014, 04:05 PM ET
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation has published a “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas.
14 July 2014, 01:37 PM ET
After a successful mission, Cooper is assisted from his mercury capsule.
14 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 11:15 a.m. EDT (1515 GMT) on Monday (July 14), carrying six spacecraft for the satellite-communications firm ORBCOMM.
14 July 2014, 11:34 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket delivered 6 satellites in ORBCOMM's OG2 constellation to low-Earth orbit on July 14, 2014.
14 July 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The private space company launched the satellite on July 14th, 2014. SpaceX will also attempt to bring the Falcon 9's first stage back to Earth with an ocean splashdown. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
14 July 2014, 07:10 AM ET
Astronaut Janice Voss never flew to the International Space Station, but her name is making the trip on a commercial ship christened in her memory. Orbital Sciences launched the SS Janice Voss from a pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
14 July 2014, 06:27 AM ET
It has been more than four decades since the first men landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Test your memory of the moon landing with this quiz.
14 July 2014, 06:01 AM ET
On Monday, Aldrin will participate in a live Google Hangout with Space.com, discussing the upcoming 45 th anniversary of his historic Apollo 11 moon mission, the future of lunar exploration and other topics.
13 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Packed with astronaut food, science experiments and a flock of tiny satellites, a private spaceship made by Orbital Sciences Corp. launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (July 13) on a mission to the International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 01:12 PM ET
See amazing photos from Orbital Sciences' July 2014 launch of its second commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA using its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft.
13 July 2014, 12:49 PM ET
The private space company Orbital Sciences launched it second mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on July 13th, 2014. It launched aboard the company's Antares Rocket. Story: http://goo.gl/OpCeG9
13 July 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is set to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Sunday (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 06:07 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 July 2014, 08:01 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has now cruised out of its landing ellipse, the area — about 4 miles wide by 12 miles long (7 by 20 kilometers) — regarded as safe ground for its August 2012 touchdown within Mars' huge Gale Crater, NASA officials said.
11 July 2014, 09:41 PM ET
From flaming rocket debris to a typhoon's eye, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 11, 2014.
11 July 2014, 04:21 PM ET
Observers throughout southeastern Australia reported seeing a bright meteor streaking through the skies Thursday night. Experts have concluded that the fireball was caused by a piece of a Russian Soyuz rocket that launched Tuesday.
11 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Plans that have been announced in recent years for crewed space flights to the moon.
11 July 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Australians saw what looked to be a glowing meteor flying through the night sky. But experts confirm it to be re-entering debris from a Russian rocket.
11 July 2014, 11:18 AM ET
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket successfully placed four O3b Networks Ka-band broadband satellites into an unusual medium-Earth orbit on July 10, 2014.
11 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Do you want to know what it's like to walk on the moon? On Monday (July 14), find out what it's like to bounce on the lunar surface from someone who has actually been there: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
11 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
With storm clouds still lingering over the foggy Eastern Shore of Virginia today (July 11), the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. again postponed the launch of its second unmanned mission to the International Space Station.
11 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015 (LightSail-A) and a full mission the next year (LightSail-B) with nearly identical hardware.