Spaceflight Archive
04 December 2014, 04:00 PM ET
I'm sweating. I can't easily move any part of my body, and although there are people all around me, I can't communicate without activating a radio. I'm pretty uncomfortable.
04 December 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule was built with capabilities to travel further than any humans have ever been. NASA engineer Nujoud Merancy explains explains what it can do.
04 December 2014, 01:17 PM ET
The Orion spacecraft was poised to launch Thursday to test its heat shield, parachutes and other vital spaceship functions. But a series of issues and glitches has pushed the unmanned test flight back by at least one day.
04 December 2014, 12:01 AM ET
The Orion spacecraft, a capsule destined to fly NASA astronauts on deep-space missions to asteroids and Mars, is counting down to a planned 7:04 a.m. EST (1104 GMT) liftoff on Thursday. Watch it live here at Space.com.
03 December 2014, 07:38 PM ET
Do Orion and SLS only exist to provide jobs on Earth? Is Orion a capability without a real mission? Could Orion fly atop a SpaceX booster?  NASA Chief Maj. Gen. Charlie Bolden handles these and others with Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody. 
03 December 2014, 05:15 PM ET
The countdown has begun for the first test flight of the Orion Spacecraft. Here's our own by-the-numbers countdown for Orion.
03 December 2014, 02:25 PM ET
Space.com's @TariqJMalik and NASA's @Astro_Ricky talk to the furry little sesame street character about the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
03 December 2014, 01:28 PM ET
NASA's newest capsule, designed to take astronauts into deep space, is read to launch to space for the first time tomorrow (Dec. 4).
03 December 2014, 05:17 AM ET
China is ramping up its space activities, with plans for a large space station as well as ambitious missions to the moon and Mars in the coming years.
03 December 2014, 05:00 AM ET
One of the largest social media campaigns in NASA history has helped make the space agency's relationship with the public more interactive than ever before.
03 December 2014, 02:00 AM ET
The upcoming launch of the first Orion spacecraft test flight Thursday (Dec. 4) is a major milestone for the NASA's plans for future space exploration, so it's no surprise that the agency tapped into social media to spark interest and excitement.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
02 December 2014, 11:48 PM ET
Japan's second asteroid-sampling spacecraft, the Hayabusa 2, has launched on a 16-year voyage to collect pieces of a space rock and return them to Earth. See how the mission will work here.
02 December 2014, 11:27 PM ET
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launced the probe on its long journey to asteroid 1999 JU3. It will rendezvous with the asteroid in mid-2018 and collect samples that will be returned to Earth in 2020. It launched aboard a unmanned H2
02 December 2014, 05:59 PM ET
The second in the Hayabusa series will drop probes on and take samples from asteroid 1999 JU3.
02 December 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Weather is looking reasonably good fro the planned unmanned test launch of NASA's newest space capsule Thursday. The spacecraft, called Orion, is designed to deliver humans to deep space destinations never visited before.
02 December 2014, 12:40 PM ET
In the afterglow of their successful Rosetta comet mission, ministers of the European Space Agency Council meeting in Luxembourg on Dec. 2nd, 2014 approved funding for a new 3-stage launcher.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Mars One has selected 10 finalists from dozens of proposed payloads submitted by university groups around the world. One of these experiments will be chosen to fly on Mars One's robotic lander mission in 2018 — and the public will pick the winner.
02 December 2014, 09:55 AM ET
Star Trek's Kirk, Marvel's Iron Man, Sesame Street's Slimey the Worm, and a T-Rex are set to launch together on the first test flight of NASA's next-generation spacecraft Orion. The eclectic 'crew' are representative of the mementos flying on the EFT-1 mi
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Japan is counting down to launch the Hayabusa2 asteroid-chasing spacecraft on a mission to collect samples of a space rock and you can watch it live via webcast tonight (Nov. 30). Here's how.
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is planning to launch a test mission for its newest space capsule designed to eventually bring humans deeper into space than ever before Thursday (Dec. 4), but the bold test doesn't come without risks.
01 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA's Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1, will mark the first-ever test flight of the agency's Orion spacecraft for deep-space exploration. See how NASA's Orion EFT-1 space capsule test flight will work here.
01 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
The 'dashboard' or user interface of NASA's next-generation capsule will have a digital display. The capsule will also have about 60 physical switches.
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Orion space capsule is scheduled to travel 3,600 miles from Earth on Dec. 4, then rocket back to Earth to test out a variety of systems during an unmanned flight. No human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled so far since 1972.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
30 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
See photos from Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission to collect samples of the asteroid 1999 JU3 by 2020. The mission launches in 2014 for a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid.
30 November 2014, 07:39 AM ET
NASA is set to launch the first test flight of its deep space Orion capsule this week, and you can watch activities leading up to the Thursday (Dec. 4) launch live online.
26 November 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Could life survive a trip on a comet, or the tip of a rocket? New evidence shows that DNA samples remain functional after a trip on the outside of a low-orbit rocket.
26 November 2014, 11:31 AM ET
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to... Mars? Elmo, Cookie Monster and the other muppets from "Sesame Street" have joined forces with NASA to count down to the first launch of the Orion spacecraft.
26 November 2014, 07:23 AM ET
Astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore delivers a Thanksgiving message from the International Space Station, and does his best impression of a bat by dangling upside down.
25 November 2014, 05:49 PM ET
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.