Spaceflight Archive
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).
17 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
See photos of India's new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III rocket and the CARE crew capsule prototype in these photos from the Indian Space Research Organisation. The test launch is set for December 2014.
17 December 2014, 04:12 PM ET
Already running on fumes as its fuel reserves dwindled, Venus Express' most recent attempts at maintaining its altitude fell short.
17 December 2014, 03:50 PM ET
It's now approaching summer in the presumed location of Europe's Philae lander on a comet, so the washing-machine-size probecould soon access enough energy to open its eyes and start working again, Rosetta mission scientists said.
17 December 2014, 03:09 PM ET
Adam Steltzner and the rest of the Mars Science Laboratory team eagerly anticipate the rover's landing on Mars in this exclusive clip from "Red Planet Rover". The show premieres on the Discovery Channel on Dec. 18th, 2014 at 10pm EST/PST.
16 December 2014, 06:22 PM ET
Space creates an important laboratory to fight against cancer on the ground.
16 December 2014, 02:50 PM ET
Although methane had been discovered before from space, NASA's Curiosity rover made the first in-situ discovery of rapid changes in methane concentration from the surface of Mars.
16 December 2014, 10:09 AM ET
NASA’s Voyager 1recorded three 'waves' of plasma set in motion by coronal mass ejections from our Sun. Plasma interacting with ionized matter creates energy fluctuations which have been converted to sound by researchers.
15 December 2014, 11:05 AM ET
Raw footage of early “nuclear pulse propulsion" tests aimed at inexpensive interplanetary travel; essentially nuclear bombs driving spacecraft via Newton’s laws. 1963’s Test Ban Treaty damped further experimentation.
15 December 2014, 08:20 AM ET
It has been 60 years since Col. John P. Stapp sailed down a test track, strapped in tight onboard Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1.
14 December 2014, 07:58 AM ET
"Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars" follows a young Iranian woman who dreams of becoming an astronaut but faces obstacles from her conservative country.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
12 December 2014, 03:22 PM ET
A new laser link with the International Space Station could do what optical fiber has done for internet access on Earth -- by turning orbital communications from painfully slow dial-up to blazing-fast broadband.
12 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA will receive $18 billion for 2015, more than a half a billion dollars above the Obama administration’s original request, under the terms of an omnibus spending bill released late Dec. 9.
12 December 2014, 03:01 PM ET
NASA is "all about that space, 'bout that space (space travel)" in a new music video recently released by the space agency.
12 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Where did Earth's water come from? Comets? Asteroids? New data from the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows that comets — once thought responsible for seeding Earth with water — might not have delivered water to the planet.
12 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
If all goes according to plan, Dragon will blast off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT) on Dec. 19 and arrive at the orbiting lab two days later.
12 December 2014, 07:55 AM ET
These maps shine a new light on Saturn's six major icy moons — Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea and Iapetus.
11 December 2014, 02:31 PM ET
What would you send to the moon? A precious family heirloom? A lock of hair? For a price, you could send a small object of your choosing to the lunar surface.
11 December 2014, 09:32 AM ET
NASA's Space Launch Systems (SLS) and Orion capsule are just the first 2 Boeing 'infused' steps to humans on Mars in the 2030's. The aerospace giant explains how the rest of the 'bridge' to the Red Planet could be built.
11 December 2014, 07:50 AM ET
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the celebrity's roles, but it does include a subtle nod to his personal character.
10 December 2014, 05:19 PM ET
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
10 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
It's one giant leap for snowman-kind: Olaf, the goofy snowman from Disney's "Frozen," is aboard the International Space Station.
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Technicians unloaded the Orion capsule from the USS Anchorage Monday night (Dec. 8) in San Diego, about 600 miles from the spot where the U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday (Dec. 5).
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The president congratulated Orion's chief engineer and her team for Friday's successful test flight, which marked the farthest a human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled since the end of NASA's Apollo program in 1972.
10 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Assembly, test and launch operations began recently for NASA's InSight lander, which aims to study the interior of Mars to learn more about how the solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 bilion years ago.