Spaceflight Archive
24 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Myths abound about the moon, from the fabled "dark side" to the persistent belief that the Apollo landings were faked. Here's a look at some major lunar misconceptions, just in time for Sunday's rare "supermoon" total lunar eclipse.
24 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft, also known as Mangalyaan, arrived at the Red Planet on the night of Sept. 23, 2014 (Sept. 24 GMT and Indian Standard Time) — just two days after NASA's MAVEN probe reached Mars orbit.
23 September 2015, 04:31 PM ET
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived in orbit around the Red Planet on Sept. 21, 2014, 10 months after blasting off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
23 September 2015, 04:08 PM ET
Five teams, ranging from university students to a group of engineers dispersed across the country, received $20,000 each from NASA in the first milestone of a competition to develop deep space cubesat technologies.
23 September 2015, 11:23 AM ET
Timothy "TJ" Creamer, who this week joined the ranks of Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz as one of NASA's newest flight directors, is no stranger to Mission Control. Creamer is the first astronaut to be named a flight director in the history of U.S. human space
23 September 2015, 07:15 AM ET
After spending more than two years in a weightless environment, whiskey distillate on the International Space Station tastes different from control samples on Earth, a whiskey company reported.
22 September 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, and his new book encourages kids to take the first steps onto Mars.
22 September 2015, 05:24 PM ET
This weekend's rare supermoon total lunar eclipse offers a mix of risk and scientific opportunity for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been studying Earth's nearest neighbor up close since 2009.
22 September 2015, 05:00 PM ET's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
22 September 2015, 12:44 PM ET
It is not unusual, given NASA's presence in the community, to hear of people in Houston sing the virtues of space exploration. Those voices though, do not often take the form of an opera. That will change with the Houston Grand Opera's premiere of "O Colu
22 September 2015, 07:41 AM ET
On Thursday (Sept. 17), officials with NASA and the U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID) showcased the ways satellite data helps developing countries manage their resources and deal with natural disasters.
21 September 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Could genes determine what makes a good astronaut? How does spaceflight impact the human genome? The one-year mission aboard the International Space Station may start unearthing answers.
21 September 2015, 04:46 PM ET
Last weekend, astronaut Scott Kelly answered questions on Twitter about life in space, including how astronauts bathe, do laundry and exercise, and how he's liking his one-year stay in orbit.
21 September 2015, 04:30 PM ET
The new Pluto animation stitches together images captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby on July 14, which returned the first-ever up-close looks at the faraway dwarf planet.
21 September 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Space travelers don't have to dream of flying, but Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, up on the International Space Station, revealed his own bad dream of missing the flight back to space in a new video interview.
21 September 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Scientists are developing a mission concept that would send a probe flying through the plume created by the 100-odd geysers erupting from the south polar region of Saturn's ice-covered moon Enceladus.
20 September 2015, 04:37 PM ET
Jeff Bezos announced a new home for Blue Origin and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly reflected on having six more months in orbit. This is our roundup of the best space stories of the week, for Sept. 18, 2015.
19 September 2015, 12:30 PM ET
A new personalized children's book will take a trip to the International Space Station bearing the name of one lucky child on Earth.
18 September 2015, 11:06 PM ET
From a partial solar eclipse to a new view of Pluto, don't miss these amazing space images.
18 September 2015, 04:51 PM ET
The capsule that launched the first woman into space, the most complete Soviet lunar lander still in existence and the 80-year-old drawings of a rocket pioneer are among the more than 150 rare Soviet-era space relics now on public display in London.
18 September 2015, 04:41 PM ET
Images from the NASA New Horizons probe's September 11th, 2015 download were "stitched together and rendered on a sphere" by the mission team.
18 September 2015, 12:33 PM ET
The Eagle has landed, again. An Apollo Lunar Module was moved to the National Air and Space Museum's "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall," re-opening in July 2016.
18 September 2015, 07:51 AM ET
Halfway through his 342-visit to the ISS, astronaut Scott Kelly talks about what he's looking forward to, and what he misses.
18 September 2015, 07:38 AM ET
"Optical mining" could allow huge amounts of asteroid water to be tapped, advocates say. This water, in turn, could provide relatively cheap and accessible propellant for voyaging spacecraft, lowering the cost of spaceflight significantly.
18 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has been overly optimistic about its manned Red Planet plans in the past. But the agency's current goal of getting astronauts to Mars by the end of the 2030s is eminently achievable, NASA chief Charles Bolden said.
17 September 2015, 04:53 PM ET
Express AM8 is owned by the RSCC of Moscow, which has suffered from Proton’s error-prone record in the past six years more than any other company.
17 September 2015, 04:37 PM ET
The photo, which New Horizons took during its epic July 14 flyby of Pluto, captures a sunset view. Towering ice mountains cast long shadows, and more than a dozen layers of the dwarf planet's wispy atmosphere are clearly visible.
17 September 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX released a series of gorgeous images that show its crewed Dragon capsule touching down on the Red Planet.
16 September 2015, 06:24 PM ET
Seven images were taken by Philae's ROLIS instrument from 219 Feet (67 meters) to 30 Feet (9 meters) of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko surface.
16 September 2015, 05:25 PM ET
During an award ceremony last month, the organization Shades of Blue recognized Nichelle Nichols — Lt. Uhura from the original "Star Trek" series — for her role in recruiting women and minorities to become NASA astronauts.
16 September 2015, 03:51 PM ET
Orion's first crewed sojourn, known as Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2), is targeted for launch in August 2021. But after conducting a thorough review of the Orion program last month, NASA now says EM-2's liftoff will occur "no later than April 2023."
16 September 2015, 03:40 PM ET
NASA rolled out the red carpet for two 'Red Planet' movie actors, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the agency's real journey to Mars with the stars from "The Martian." The cast members visited the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.