Spaceflight Archive
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to send robotic submarines into Europa's subsurface ocean someday, and researchers are currently testing out some prototypes in Antarctica.
22 June 2015, 06:15 PM ET
A video released last week by the private spaceflight company Blue Origin featuring a former NASA astronaut offers a tantalizing look at the private space trips the company plans to offer.
22 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
22 June 2015, 02:51 PM ET
The new image resolves Ceres' strange spots into a cluster comprised of several patches, some of which were not visible in previous photos. But it doesn't solve the mystery of the spots' origin and composition.
22 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Steely-nerved test pilots were the first men in space, but that isn't what you always want on a longer trip. During the recent World Science Festival last month, astronauts and doctors talked about how astronaut culture has changed over the years.
22 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The first color "movies" of Pluto as seen by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal the sheer strangeness of the orbital dance between the dwarf planet and its largest moon Charon.
21 June 2015, 11:44 AM ET
From a breathtaking view of Saturn's Dione to the 'Spit of Satan,' check out these amazing space images.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
21 June 2015, 06:20 AM ET
A public astronomy event at the Intrepid air and Space Museum in New York City featured a talk by Mason Peck, director of Cornell University’s Space System’s Design Studio and NASA’s former chief technologist.
20 June 2015, 08:26 AM ET
A spacecraft that will study Europa, one of Jupiter's icy moons with a potentially habitable environment, just passed a major hurdle.
19 June 2015, 03:56 PM ET
'The Astronaut Wives Club,' ABC's new 10-episode drama about the women behind the United States' first spacemen, has lifted off. The premiere, aptly titled "Launch," spanned two years of NASA events in one hour. How close though, was it to real space hist
19 June 2015, 12:27 PM ET
NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCo) consists of two communication relay cubesats that will launch along with the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander.
19 June 2015, 11:19 AM ET
Former NASA astronauts Jeff Ashby and Nicholas Patrick explain the experience amongst stunning imagery of the flight of the Blue Origin Rocket.
19 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Mint may strike gold curved coins to commemorate the golden anniversary of the first manned moon landing, if a new bill is approved. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act calls for gold and silver coins to be struck in 2019.
18 June 2015, 01:55 PM ET
NASA hopes to match commercial efforts in the future satellite-repair industry.
18 June 2015, 01:30 PM ET
After a 7-month hiatus, the revived European comet lander is nearly ready to resume work, expanding on our scientific understanding of the solar system.
18 June 2015, 12:41 PM ET
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
18 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The Planetary Society’s impressive solar sail experiment has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. Following its deployment in Earth orbit on May 20, LightSail-A deployed its solar sail on June 7.
17 June 2015, 10:35 AM ET
Reaching a a maximum throat temperature of 1253°C, an additively manufactured combustion camber and nozzle by Airbus Defence & Space survived 618 ignitions, a total operation time of over an hour and one continuous 32 minute burn.
17 June 2015, 09:46 AM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club" is launching on ABC, giving viewers a look at the other 'right stuff' — the women behind the United States' first spacemen. One of the series' spouses, Erin Cummings, talks about reconvening the astronaut wives club for the smal
16 June 2015, 02:18 PM ET
A dead NASA satellite plunged out of space today and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere over the South Indian Ocean. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite fell from fell from orbit at 2:54 a.m. EDT (0654 GMT).
16 June 2015, 11:01 AM ET
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
16 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Growing dialogue and debate regarding Chinese and American space cooperation appear to look at how best to create an "open airlock" policy for Chinese astronauts to make trips to the International Space Station.
15 June 2015, 03:01 PM ET
Samantha Cristoforetti reads the classic book by Iza Trapani aboard the International Space Station. She uses props and windows to illustrate.
15 June 2015, 02:50 PM ET
Two tiny cubesats, the first NASA plans to send to another planet, will keep watch on the agency’s InSight mission as it descends to the Martian surface.
15 June 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft is nearing its uncontrolled re-entry, diving into the atmosphere in a destructive plunge next week.TRMM was a joint mission of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
15 June 2015, 11:14 AM ET
An RS-25 – same design as those on Space Shuttle – was hot-fired for 500 seconds on June 11th, 2015. Four such engines will power the core booster of NASA's forthcoming Space Launch System.
14 June 2015, 08:50 AM ET
A European probe that made a bouncy landing on a comet last year and then slipped into an silent hibernation is alive again and phoning home. The Philae comet lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beamed its "alive" signal home on Saturday, June 13.
14 June 2015, 07:21 AM ET
As the hit HBO series 'Game of Thrones' wraps up its fifth season tonight, remember that you can see Aiden Gillen (who plays the weaselly Littlefinger) in a science fiction short film about the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.
13 June 2015, 04:19 PM ET
If crewed spaceflight is to survive, Americans need to worry less about where to go and instead just get off the ground.
13 June 2015, 10:13 AM ET
More than two dozen astronauts are landing under Seattle's Space Needle. The Museum of Flight launched "Astronauts on the Town," a public art program for its 50th anniversary.
12 June 2015, 03:11 PM ET
The many "faces" of Pluto are visible in new images by NASA's New Horizons probe, which is only one month away from the first-ever close encounter with the dwarf planet.