Spaceflight Archive
14 May 2015, 07:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says he's settling into his epic yearlong mission to the International Space Station, thanks in small part to the 'ISSPresso' coffee machine that arrived at the orbiting lab last month.
13 May 2015, 04:09 PM ET
Bill Nye (The Science Guy) wants you to be a part — and get a part — of a "revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft." The leader of The Planetary Society has started crowdfunding for LightSail, a citizen-funded flight by light.
13 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Brightman was scheduled to launch Sept. 1 on a self-funded 10-day mission to the orbiting lab aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But Brightman announced today (May 13) that she won't be making the trip to orbit.
13 May 2015, 11:35 AM ET
The astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission placed second on "Celebrity Jeopardy!," finishing behind an NFL football player. "Jeopardy made flying a rocket look easy!" said Mark Kelly.
13 May 2015, 08:41 AM ET
The suction fan on the Space Station potty is so loud that, well, everyone knows when you 'go.' Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti explains how to turn on that fan and how-to use the International Space Station toilet.
13 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dozens of students from 14 countries around the world came together recently to map out a manned mission to a captured asteroid in lunar orbit — a project very much like one NASA hopes to achieve by 2025.
12 May 2015, 08:08 PM ET
New Horizons took a series of images from April 25 through May 1. The shots mark the first time New Horizons has managed to resolve the extremely faint Pluto moons Kerberos and Styx, mission team members said.
12 May 2015, 04:07 PM ET
NASA and its international partners have delayed the landing of Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti until early June after learning new details about the recent crash of Russia's robotic Progress 59 cargo spaceship.
12 May 2015, 11:42 AM ET
A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center.
12 May 2015, 11:17 AM ET
The company that put the 'cup' in the first space cup of coffee now wants to put one in your hands. IRPI, the makers of the 'Space Cups' now used on the International Space Station, launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce the capillary-flow containers
12 May 2015, 11:06 AM ET
An inflatable drone could cruise the sulfurous skies of Venus next decade if Northrop Gruman can sell NASA on the mission.
12 May 2015, 10:49 AM ET
The Andromeda galaxy — the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way — is about six times larger and 1,000 times more massive than previously thought, new observations show.
12 May 2015, 07:30 AM ET
NASA is asking commercial launch providers to develop new systems specifically for "cubesats." These days, such bantam craft must generally piggyback aboard big rockets carrying much larger and more expensive satellites as their primary payloads.
12 May 2015, 07:25 AM ET
Aspiring astronauts got a glimpse of spaceflyers' snack options when Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti showed off the International Space Station's pantry in a video uploaded by the European Space Agency on April 21.
11 May 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained the best views yet of the mysterious features, capturing them from a distance of just 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers) in a series of images that mission team members combined to make a new Ceres video.
11 May 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and astronaut-selection chief Norbert Kraft dispute allegations by a former astronaut candidate that the colonization effort judges its applicants unfairly and is unable to finance itself.
11 May 2015, 01:12 PM ET
The ESA astronaut tours the Space Station bathroom and gives a tutorial on how nails are cut, hair is washed, teeth are brushed and more.
11 May 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For years, tiny payloads have been launched into Earth orbit on satellites smaller than a loaf of bread.
11 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Small and economical "cubesats" already eye our planet from orbit. But such bantam craft are about to start pushing out into deep space, helping researchers study and explore the moon, asteroids and other distant bodies.
11 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, ocean-harboring moons such as the Jupiter satellite Europa.
11 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Internet has been abuzz recently with reports that a NASA research team has made significant progress toward developing a propellant-free thruster system. But space agency officials are downplaying the results.
10 May 2015, 09:05 AM ET
Russia's failed Progress 59 cargo spacecraft fell back to Earth, SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule launched on its first big test and the sun fired off its most powerful flare of 2015 so far. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
09 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
09 May 2015, 10:52 AM ET
There are many unknowns regarding the potentially habitable exoplanet Kepler-186f, but it may have similar light (from its star) and gravity as Earth.
08 May 2015, 06:26 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office is scheduled to launch the fourth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) in May 2015.
08 May 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Andy Weir, author of the acclaimed novel 'The Martian,' stopped by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston recently and took the new Modular Robotic Vehicle for a test ride. See the photos here.
08 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The debris cloud spawned by the Feb. 3 explosion of the U.S. Air Force's DMSP-F13 satellite may endanger some spacecraft, a new study suggests.
08 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An incremental, multiple-mission approach — which envisions getting astronauts to Phobos by 2033, then down to the Martian surface by 2039 — could make manned Mars exploration technologically and economically feasible.
08 May 2015, 02:08 AM ET
The unmanned Progress 59 freighter burned up at 10:04 p.m. EDT Thursday (May 7; 0204 GMT May 8) over the central Pacific Ocean, officials with the Russian space agency, known as Roscosmos, said in a statement.
07 May 2015, 04:19 PM ET
To prepare for future colonies on Mars, NASA is asking the public for ideas on how to keep Red Planet astronauts safe with minimal resupplies from Earth.
07 May 2015, 02:45 PM ET
Russia's out-of-control cargo ship Progress 59 is headed for a destructive plunge into Earth's atmosphere overnight between Thursday and Friday (May 7-8).
07 May 2015, 10:50 AM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station are imbibing fresh brewed drinks. The principal investigator of the Capillary Beverage study explains how it works.