Spaceflight Archive
27 May 2015, 02:15 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, completing a nearly two-year process and establishing a competitor to United Launch Alliance in the national security marketplace.
27 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
The House Armed Services Committee wants to quickly resurrect a shelved U.S. Missile Defense Agency concept to place several miniaturized kill vehicles atop a single interceptor to address a key weakness in the current U.S. missile shield.
27 May 2015, 09:23 AM ET
On March 28th, 2015, the Soyuz TMA-16M (Expedition 43) mission docked with the ISS. A camera aboard the spacecraft captured the rendezvous and docking.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA will launch a pair of tiny CubeSats toward the Red Planet in March 2016 to provide real-time landing coverage for the space agency's Mars InSight lander.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The free Pluto Safari app, which came out last month, keeps tabs on NASA's New Horizons mission, counting down its July 14 close encounter to the second, and teaches users about the frigid, distant realm the spacecraft is exploring.
26 May 2015, 07:40 PM ET
Flight controllers will robotically move the Permanent Multipurpose Module from the orbiting lab's Unity module over to the Tranquility module. You can watch live here at Space.com beginning at 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, courtesy of NASA TV.
26 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
The Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we know it.
26 May 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
26 May 2015, 11:23 AM ET
The Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) will be moved to a nearby port to create a spare docking port for United States commercial crew transport by SpaceX, Boeing and possibly others in the future.
26 May 2015, 10:28 AM ET
Google has paid tribute to Sally Ride, the United States' first woman in space, with animated Doodles on its site. The whimsical scenes are timed to celebrate what would have been the late astronaut's 64th birthday.
26 May 2015, 10:06 AM ET
The Air Force spacecraft, known for its secretive United States national security missions, is built by Boeing. The company's director of experimental systems, Ken Torok, talks about what makes it unique.
26 May 2015, 07:12 AM ET
The House of Representatives passed a bill with a number of commercial space policy provisions May 21, despite objections from some Democratic members.
24 May 2015, 09:01 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane launched on another mystery mission, Russia's Proton rocket failed during a satellite launch and astronomers found the most luminous galaxy in the universe. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the launch of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane to new views of the odd bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 23, 2015.
22 May 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.
22 May 2015, 10:34 AM ET
A manned mission to Pluto may be far out, but it's not impossible.
22 May 2015, 07:17 AM ET
In the new Disney film 'Tomorrowland,' now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. 'To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts,' said director Brad Bird.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Cubesats have pushed beyond the sphere of academia, becoming major tools for governments conducting a variety of missions and for companies earning revenues from space.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
21 May 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
21 May 2015, 09:19 AM ET
In situations where sunlight is not available, like shadowed craters, its been a challenge to supply power to spacecrafts, landers and rovers. The space agency is looking into nuclear systems as an alternative.
20 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration.
20 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to blast off today (May 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a four-hour window that opens at 10:45 a.m. EDT. You can watch it live beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster also carried the Planetary Society's tiny LightSail to orbit.
20 May 2015, 11:14 AM ET
The Air Force space plane launched atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. AFSPC-5 mission payloads include the Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4) and 10 cubesats.
19 May 2015, 11:18 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14.
18 May 2015, 05:48 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's AFSPC-5 mission is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. It will blast off from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous