Spaceflight Archive
18 April 2014, 11:00 AM ET
The next generation of satellites could hitch a ride on a fighter jet before heading into space. A new concept awarded to Boeing in late March could slice the launch costs by up to 66% if all goes well, the company said in a press release.
18 April 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) made its planned crash into the lunar surface between 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) and 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT) on April 18 after orbiting the moon since October 2.
18 April 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Here's a list of the top 11 things that have impacted the lunar surface.
18 April 2014, 06:10 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX is expected to launch its unmanned cargo-carrying Dragon capsule to the International Space Station today (April 18) after multiple delays.
17 April 2014, 06:35 PM ET
NASA's LADEE will soon intentionally crash into the Moon. In March the dust-studying probe flew as low as 2 miles above the surface and faster than bullet at 3,690 miles per hour.
17 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A NASA probe orbiting the moon will literally bite the lunar dust within the next week or so when it crashes into the moon's far side.
16 April 2014, 05:15 PM ET
When humans leave Earth to explore planets like Mars and other hostile environments in outer space, they'll need to supply their own breathable oxygen. NASA is now seeking proposals for systems to safely and efficiently regenerate air on those long trips.
16 April 2014, 12:13 PM ET
Bell Aircraft Corporation's X-1E is loaded under the Boeing B-29 mothership.
15 April 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The Tax Man cometh for Americans today (April 15), and not even astronauts in space can escape their earthly annual taxes. It's a safe bet American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson on the International Space Station took care of their taxes.
15 April 2014, 12:19 PM ET
Milt Thompson climbs into the cockpit of the M2-F2 lifting body research aircraft.
15 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management. Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now under the control of SpaceX, the company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Primary Section: spaceflight
14 April 2014, 04:21 PM ET
The company's unmanned Dragon spacecraft was scheduled to blast off today at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. But the attempt was scrubbed because Dragon's ride to space, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sprung a leak.
14 April 2014, 01:38 PM ET
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule bound for the Space Station, was lifted into its vertical position at its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad. Read more about re-usable tech: http://goo.gl/QUc4zC
14 April 2014, 12:13 PM ET
Women scientists train in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator.
14 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back to Earth.
14 April 2014, 02:01 AM ET
Monday features the launch of SpaceX's third contracted cargo mission to the International Space Station, a great view of a superbright Mars and a total eclipse of the moon overnight.
14 April 2014, 01:14 AM ET
When a private spaceflight company launches its mission to the International Space Station next week it will carry some strange cargo to space.
14 April 2014, 12:01 AM ET
Private rocket company SpaceX is a leader among the new space push to send humans to orbit on commercial craft.
13 April 2014, 07:02 PM ET
Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. The next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will deliver the Veggie experimental farm.
13 April 2014, 01:31 PM ET
NASA on Sunday (April 13) decided to forge ahead with the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station despite a computer outage in orbit.
13 April 2014, 12:13 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
12 April 2014, 09:01 PM ET
From images of Europe's first earth-watching satellite launched into space to a hard-to-kill star, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2014.
12 April 2014, 01:43 PM ET
A backup computer outage on the International Space Station is forcing NASA to discuss plans for a possible spacewalk repair by astronauts in orbit, a move that could delay the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX cargo ship to the orbiting lab.
12 April 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Each year, we at Space.com pause to reflect on both April 12 space anniversaries, and space fans around the world do the same with Yuri's Night, a global celebration of human spaceflight.
12 April 2014, 07:38 AM ET
SpaceX's third Dragon cargo mission is packed with 5,000 lbs. of vital supplies, including some intriguing technology and science experiments. See some of the best experiments riding the Dragon in this Space.com infographic.
12 April 2014, 07:11 AM ET
NASA is studying a glitch with a backup computer on the International Space Station, an issue that could potentially force astronauts to perform a spacewalk repair and delay the planned Monday launch of a SpaceX cargo ship.
11 April 2014, 11:15 PM ET
Can the United States hold its leadership in spaceflight into the 21st century?
11 April 2014, 04:45 PM ET
A slightly dazed group of college students they stepped off a ZERO-G plane to resounding cheers Thursday (April 10), pumping their fists to celebrate a weightless voyage packed with science experiments, including one test that sparked tiny balls of fire.
11 April 2014, 03:12 PM ET
United Launch Alliance launched a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on April 10th, 2014 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
11 April 2014, 01:39 PM ET
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been.
10 April 2014, 05:55 PM ET
See photos from the preparations and launch of an Atlas 5 rocket carrying the NROL-67 classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on April 10, 2014
10 April 2014, 03:58 PM ET
A robotic humanoid astronaut on the International Space Station is about to get its legs. NASA has crafted a pair of space legs for its robotic astronaut torso called Robonaut 2 on the space station now.