Spaceflight Archive
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Marsha Ivins discussed their off-Earth experiences with "Interstellar" actors Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday.
05 November 2014, 11:20 PM ET
Space travel is a risky business. As we push for technological advances and further exploration, accidents unfortunately happen.
05 November 2014, 03:55 PM ET
Orbital Sciences Corp. is slated to be the second private American company to dock a spacecraft with the International Space Station.
05 November 2014, 03:16 PM ET
Karen Nyberg was seeing stars. A NASA astronaut, Nyberg wasn't in space or outside looking up at the Houston night sky. In fact, she was at that moment inside a convention center at the International Quilt Festival.
05 November 2014, 01:53 PM ET
The investigation into the explosion of a private rocket last week is eyeing the launch vehicle's first-stage engines, which were made in the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
05 November 2014, 01:50 PM ET
China made its first round-trip mission to the moon with a robotic spacecraft in October and November of 2014. See photos from the flight, China's fourth moon mission, in this Space.com gallery.
05 November 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Several influential congresspeople are among those calling for a mission to Europa, which is regarded by many scientists as the best place to search for life beyond Earth.
05 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.
04 November 2014, 05:10 PM ET
Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured a serene view of Hurricane Vance, which is heading toward Mexico's west coast.
04 November 2014, 10:35 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has put together an investigation team to do a deep dive into what went wrong when the firm's Antares rocket exploded shortly after launch on Oct. 28.
04 November 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Investigators have formed a new working group to take a close look at the pilot interface systems on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and released a detailed new timeline of the vehicle's tragic accident.
03 November 2014, 11:53 PM ET
Tragically, the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another.
03 November 2014, 10:27 PM ET
The solar system provides all humanity needs to survive — why leave?
03 November 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The friends and co-workers of the co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic's tragic SpaceShipTwo accident Friday (Oct. 31) have raised more than $55,000 for his family via crowdfunding.
03 November 2014, 02:04 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo spacecraft broke apart in mid-flight on Oct. 31, 2014, killing one pilot and injuring another. See the sequence of events (as known so far) related by the NTSB.
03 November 2014, 12:08 PM ET
Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured the sprawling, chalk-white body of Hurricane Vance, which is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and heading toward Mexico's west coast.
03 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Rosetta spacecraft has detected some stinky compounds in the cloud of chemicals surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
03 November 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's fatal accident doesn't spell doom for space tourism, though Virgin Galactic will likely have to answer key safety questions in the months and years ahead.
03 November 2014, 01:53 AM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
03 November 2014, 01:18 AM ET
See images released after the crash of Virgin Galactic's space plane SpaceShipTwo. The accident, which took place on Oct. 31, 2014, left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured.
03 November 2014, 01:15 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's twin rudders can be rotated up to increase drag when the vehicle heads back down toward Earth. On Friday's flight, this maneuver should have been performed when the vehicle was traveling at Mach 1.4, but it actually occurred at Mach 1.0.
02 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
From its first crewed flight in 2010, through its last successful flight last October, major milestones for SpaceShipTwo.
02 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
People who purchase their "Interstellar" tickets through the online site Fandango from today (Oct. 31) through Dec. 1 have a chance to win a free suborbital spaceflight aboard XCOR Aerospace's Lynx Mark II rocket plane.
01 November 2014, 11:20 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair before crashing to the ground during a test flight Friday (Oct. 31), investigators have determined.
01 November 2014, 09:52 PM ET
National Transportation Safety Board investigators were at the crash site in Mojave, California on Nov. 1st, 2014.
01 November 2014, 09:08 PM ET
The two Scaled Composites test pilots aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during its tragic crash on Oct. 31 have been named. SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Ashbury died in the crash, while Scaled Director of Flight Operations Peter Seibold survived.
01 November 2014, 12:12 PM ET
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has begun its investigation into the deadly crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 31. Here's the latest details on how the investigation will work.
01 November 2014, 08:27 AM ET
The tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane on Friday, Oct. 31, has the commercial spaceflight industry in mourning for the test pilot who died, and praying for the recovery of a second pilot who was injured. See reactions from experts.
01 November 2014, 07:24 AM ET
Learn more about Virgin Galactic's plan to make space tourism and personal space travel a reality with SpaceShipTwo.
01 November 2014, 06:54 AM ET
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said the company will figure out what went wrong and continue to work to get SpaceShipTwo up and running.
01 November 2014, 02:31 AM ET
China's latest moon mission, which some people are calling Chang'e 5 T1, returned to Earth at around 6 p.m. EDT Friday, ending an eight-day unmanned flight designed to test out technology for a future lunar sample-return project.