Spaceflight Archive
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.
06 October 2015, 10:20 AM ET
In life, astronaut Sally Ride privately put into order her personal objects, artifacts, awards and papers, which will now forever represent her as America's first woman in space in the National Air and Space Museum.
06 October 2015, 10:10 AM ET
Virgin Galactic announced Sept. 28 it has made "significant progress" on the engines that it will use on its LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle.
06 October 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Arizona-based World View Enterprises aims to start launching paying customers to the stratosphere in 2017 beneath a giant balloon, for $75,000 per seat.
05 October 2015, 05:33 PM ET
The Straight to Ale brewery, located in Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, incorporates NASA history into many of its beers.
03 October 2015, 09:59 AM ET
There's water on Mars, a resupply spaceship at the International Space Station, a science-heavy survival novel on the big screen and something moving inside Saturn. These are our best space stories of the week.
02 October 2015, 08:54 PM ET
From the discovery of water on Mars to stunning reader images of the Supermoon eclipse, don't miss these amazing space images.
02 October 2015, 03:22 PM ET
United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, now has a 100 percent success rate on 100 rocket launches since its formation in 2006.
02 October 2015, 07:55 AM ET
NASA has been helping promote the new film "The Martian," which hits theaters across the United States today (Oct. 1), as a way to publicize its own plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s.
02 October 2015, 07:50 AM ET
In honor of Oktoberfest, we taste-tested beer made from moon dust and space yeast. Plus, we made suggestions for space-themed beers.
01 October 2015, 06:55 PM ET
Russia's uncrewed Progress 61 freighter docked with the space station at 6:52 p.m. EDT today (Oct. 1), 6 hours after blasting off. The cargo vessel is stocked with more than 3 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab.
01 October 2015, 04:33 PM ET
The satellites — the first of two Sky Muster Ka-band broadband satellites for Australia’s NBN Co. and the Arsat-2 Ku- and C-band telecommunications satellite for Arsat of Argentina — were both reported by their owners to be healthy in orbit and sending si
01 October 2015, 04:29 PM ET
The new photos were captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14. Mission team members combined some of the images into a new video that lets viewers fly over Charon's tortured surface.
01 October 2015, 02:01 PM ET
California-based company Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to the moon and help unlock its resources, has signed a five-launch deal with Rocket Lab, with the first two robotic liftoffs scheduled to take place in 2017.
01 October 2015, 01:28 PM ET
Russia launched an unmanned cargo ship Thursday (Oct. 1) on a speedy trip to deliver tons of fresh supplies to a waiting crew on the International Space Station.
01 October 2015, 01:16 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2015.
01 October 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A Soyuz rocket launched the cargo ship towards the International Space Station on Oct. 1st, 2015. It blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying supplies and experiments for the ISS. It is scheduled to arrive about 6 hours later.
01 October 2015, 11:07 AM ET
It may seem strange at first, but by the time you get done seeing "The Martian," the new movie from director Ridley Scott, you will understand why 20th Century Fox wants to mail you a Mark Watney-stamped potato.
01 October 2015, 09:32 AM ET
A small team of rocket engineers pledge to construct a 3-stage, 22 ton vehicle to carry ‘your’ images, video and other digital media to the moon. Funders will have open access insight onto every phase of the project’s development.
01 October 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The Moonspike Kickstarter campaign launched today (Oct. 1) to raise $1 million to send a titanium payload crashing into the lunar surface to kick up a plume observable from orbit, its backers say.
01 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has chosen five finalists for the next launch opportunity in its Discovery Program, which funds low-cost missions to destinations throughout the solar system. Two of the proposals are focused on Venus, while the other three center on asteroids.
30 September 2015, 06:01 PM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
30 September 2015, 05:46 PM ET
In the film "The Martian" (2015), an astronaut played by Matt Damon has to improvise when his crew leaves him behind by accident. Here's a look at what Watney would need to stay alive on Mars.
30 September 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and other actors in "The Martian" — as well as director Ridley Scott — recently got a chance to ask a few questions of real astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Watch the discussion in this new video.
30 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at t
30 September 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Are you ready for Mars? NASA is working to get the agency ready for a human mission to the Red Planet in a few decades, and is showcasing its personnel and projects online.
30 September 2015, 01:55 PM ET
A new photo book provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the Apollo astronauts captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
30 September 2015, 01:20 PM ET
Ariane Space, operators of the Ariane 5 rocket, were part of this year's annual Best of France event in New York City.