Spaceflight Archive
28 December 2014, 01:23 PM ET
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, successfully demonstrated the heavy-lift version of its long-awaited Angara series of rockets Dec. 23 from the Plesetsk Cosmosrome in northern Russia, the agency said.
25 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
While many of us here on Earth are opening presents and feasting on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be having their own celebration high above the planet's surface.
24 December 2014, 12:39 PM ET
Astronauts in space have decked the halls of the International Space Station in honor of the holiday season.
24 December 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
24 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
They won't be home for Summer vacation: See how astronauts celebrate holidays in space.
24 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Nowadays, astronauts on the International Space Station can record video messages, talk with their family on the ground and have holiday parties in orbit. But the first Christmas humans spent in space, back in 1968, was a little different.
23 December 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The wrench, along with the 19 other objects built by the orbiting 3D printer thus far, will travel to Earth early next year, where engineers will compare the objects with ground samples produced by the same machine before it launched.
23 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Technicians successfully attached a key structure called a "carry-through spar" to the body of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane just before Thanksgiving, at a hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials announced.
23 December 2014, 06:40 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Boeing is on its way toward launching astronauts to space for NASA by 2017.
23 December 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A new type of 'Thunderwear' underwear aims to protect workers (such as welders) from sparks generated as they do their jobs. The heat-resistant material was developed as part of a space technology transfer program at the European Space Agency.
22 December 2014, 04:14 PM ET
NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders take turns reading from the Bible's book of Genesis during the first manned mission to the moon. The entered lunar orbit on Dec. 24th, 1968.
22 December 2014, 04:05 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo should start flying paying customers into space sometime in 2015, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has said.
22 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Terry Virts of the International Space Station’s Expedition 42 crew send Christmas and holiday wishes to the people of Earth in this video message.
22 December 2014, 12:50 PM ET
From accidents to soaring daredevils and space capsules, 2014 was a big year in spaceflight.
22 December 2014, 12:13 PM ET
Entrepreneur Richard Branson aims to take paying passengers into space in the next few years.
22 December 2014, 09:50 AM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some incredible imagery of the Earth during his tour aboard the ISS. 12,5000 images of auroras, lightning, landscapes and nightscapes were compiled to create this tour of Earth.
20 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
See photos and images of the biggest solar flares of 2014 in this SPACE.com gallery of photos by NASA spacecraft and solar astronomers.
19 December 2014, 05:22 PM ET
NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
19 December 2014, 05:01 PM 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.
19 December 2014, 04:31 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying a mission to the International Space Station until early 2015.SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
19 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
World View has just released new footage from a recent unmanned flight, offering a glimpse at the vistas future customers might experience during a sunrise voyage.
19 December 2014, 12:02 PM ET
An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million.
18 December 2014, 07:14 PM ET
A recent payload flight by commercial balloon spaceflight company World View Enterprises captured the amazing imagery. The company will be selling "first-class" capsule seats to fly at an altitude of 100,000 feet for an hour or two.
18 December 2014, 01:56 PM ET
A NASA astronaut is getting ready to be the first American to spend a continuous year in space, and he is excited.
18 December 2014, 11:34 AM ET
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) carrying the Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE) on Dec. 18, 2014 local time from Satish Dhawan Space Center.
18 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
It won't be easy, but the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to bring a stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back from space and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean during an audacious test on Jan. 6.
18 December 2014, 08:16 AM ET
Excerpt from the book "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond."
18 December 2014, 07:40 AM ET
Orbital has contracted with Russia’s Energomash to provide RD-181 engines to power the first stage of Orbital’s Antares rocket, replacing
18 December 2014, 07:39 AM ET
Private spaceflight will succeed, if history is any guide.
18 December 2014, 03:34 AM ET
Top vehicles from private spaceflight.
17 December 2014, 06:16 PM ET
NASA has postponed deciding whether to attempt to capture an entire asteroid, or just a piece of one, by 2025 until at least early 2015. Both options are feasible, a senior NASA official said Wednesday (Dec. 17).