Spaceflight Archive
14 October 2015, 04:11 PM ET
China is soliciting international participation in its future manned space station in the form of foreign modules that would attach to the three-module core system, visits by foreign crew-transport vehicles for short stays and the involvement of non-Chine
14 October 2015, 03:04 PM ET
NASA's Launch Services Program has awarded a total of $17.1 million to three companies to launch bantam spacecraft — which to date have generally had to hitch rides as secondary payloads — to low Earth orbit.
14 October 2015, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent a decade studying Saturn and its family of moons. With the mission set to end in 2017, the probe has been busy gathering as much data as possible. But starting today (Oct. 14), Cassini begins to wrap up its time at Satu
14 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The most jaw-dropping photos captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its July Pluto flyby depict the dwarf planet or its largest moon, Charon. But newly released images suggest that Pluto's four tiny moons are plenty interesting, too.
13 October 2015, 07:45 AM ET
A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole. The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, is the Red Planet’s south polar ice cap.
12 October 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The company expects to complete its final report on the June 28 failure within a month, but does not yet have a firm timetable for resuming flights.
12 October 2015, 03:43 PM ET
Students participated in a digital learning network at Kennedy Space Center with NASA scientists, astronauts and cast members from the film "The Martian."
09 October 2015, 04:54 PM ET
Aldrin would like the president of the United States (whoever it happens to be) to announce a crewed Mars commitment on July 20, 2019, the "golden anniversay" of the giant leaps Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took on the lunar surface.
09 October 2015, 04:04 PM ET
The addition of tens of thousands of photos taken by the Apollo astronauts on the moon to an online repository drew wide interest in the media, but lost in many of the headlines were the facts behind the 40-year-old NASA photographs.
09 October 2015, 01:39 PM ET
More than 8,400 unprocessed scans have been uploaded into the online Project Apollo Archive. The entire gallery is available on the photo-sharing service Flickr.
09 October 2015, 11:28 AM ET
The Jilin-1 launch is the latest example of China's lightning-fast transformation from satellite imagery importer to producer.
09 October 2015, 10:21 AM ET
NASA says the orbiter it aims to launch in the 2020s could carry the mechanisms needed to collect and store surface samples for a return trip to Earth.
09 October 2015, 07:40 AM ET
Following a devastating loss of vehicle last year, Orbital ATK is preparing to send cargo to the International Space Station as early as December, and launch a new Antares rocket in 2016.
09 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA aims to put boots on Mars in the 2030s after first gathering human-spaceflight experience and expertise in low-Earth orbit and the "proving ground" of cis-lunar space near the moon.
08 October 2015, 12:01 PM ET
The Dream Chaser space plane, which would continue the legacy of NASA's shuttle program, is getting ready for a second stage of flight testing.
08 October 2015, 10:09 AM ET
Leaders of the private spaceflight industry gathered in New Mexico to discuss pressing issues, including the fate of the International Space Station.
08 October 2015, 09:30 AM ET
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 will launch the NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Launch is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2015.
08 October 2015, 09:20 AM ET
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off today (Oct. 8) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 13 tiny spacecraft sponsored by NASA and the NRO.
08 October 2015, 09:01 AM ET
The United Launch Alliance rocket launched the NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) on Oct. 8th, 2015 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 13 cubesats also flew to orbit on the rocket.
07 October 2015, 05:58 PM ET
A marketing agency that represents former NASA astronauts is launching a unique take on its clients' spacesuited portraits, working with a popular print house to create a series of limited edition, illustrated art posters that celebrate the space traveler
07 October 2015, 04:59 PM ET
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch the classified NROL-55 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office at 8:49 a.m. EDT (1249 GMT) Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Watch it live here at
07 October 2015, 12:12 PM ET
Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company Blue Origin is known for its secrecy, but both the company and Bezos may be crafting a more public image.
07 October 2015, 10:09 AM ET
Dava Newman, NASA Deputy Administrator, explains how solar-electric propulsion, deep space atomic clocks, spacesuits, and laser communication are key technologies for humans to explore Mars and beyond.
07 October 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A sounding rocket is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday and deploy colorful clouds of barium and strontium. You can watch live here at, thanks to a webcast provided by NASA TV.
07 October 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A team from Israel called SpaceIL has signed a contract to launch its robotic lunar lander toward the moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the second half of 2017. SpaceIL is therefore a strong contender to win the Google Lunar X Prize.
06 October 2015, 04:30 PM ET
In "The Martian," Mark Watney deals with a lot of dangerous situations — food and communications being a couple of them. But what if his camp got hit by a solar storm? How could he protect himself?
06 October 2015, 04:22 PM ET
Earlier this month, the ExoMars launch date was pushed back by a couple of months. Instead of launching in January 2016, the European mission will launch the following March — but still get to Mars at nearly the same time. How is this possible?
06 October 2015, 02:03 PM ET
If all goes according to plan, a NASA rocket launch Wednesday evening (Oct. 7) will produce multicolored patches of light in the darkening sky visible to many people in the Middle Atlantic and Northeast United States.
06 October 2015, 12:25 PM ET
If you're stranded, would you rather be on the moon or Mars?
06 October 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See how NASA and Ridley Scott brought Mars exploration to the public with 'The Martian,' a film starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut.
06 October 2015, 10:50 AM ET
“The Martian” makes being stranded on the cold red planet seem almost romantic. But what are your real survival odds? XPRIZE Founder and CEO Peter Diamandis reasons out his personal choice in this inaugural episode of #AskPeter.
06 October 2015, 10:24 AM ET
Blue Origin said Sept. 30 that it has completed more than 100 developmental tests of its BE-4 engine, which the company is building both for ULA and itself.