Spaceflight Archive
26 October 2014, 04:20 PM ET
China has launched its first round-trip mission to the moon with a robotic spacecraft, a mission that will pave the way for the country's planned lunar sample-return program.
25 October 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station.
25 October 2014, 07:00 AM 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.
24 October 2014, 04:30 PM ET
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
24 October 2014, 03:36 PM ET
On Oct. 24, 2014, skydiver Alan Eustace set a new record for the highest near-space jump from the stratosphere as part of a feat performed with the Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) team and the Paragon Space Development Corporation. See photos and video.
24 October 2014, 03:12 PM ET
A private spacesuit company and an astronaut-training organization are teaming up to give private astronauts on simulated spacewalks a more spacelike experience.
23 October 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin wants to send people on a trip to Mars, and he doesn't want them to come home — at least not at first.
23 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The 4M mission will piggyback on a Chinese moon flyby unofficially dubbed Chang'e 5-T1, which aims to test out tech for a future lunar sample-return mission. Liftoff is set for 1:59 p.m. EDT Thursday from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
22 October 2014, 04:40 PM ET
Company executives and government officials at a commercial space conference expressed a mixture of optimism and impatience.
22 October 2014, 03:31 PM ET
Cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev went outside the International Space Station today. They completed what was supposed to be a six-hour spacewalk in just three hours and 38 minutes.
22 October 2014, 03:20 PM ET
Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency worked outside in the International Space Station on Oct. 22, 2014.
22 October 2014, 02:46 PM ET
From spy satellites and missile defense to robot space planes and orbital platforms, get the latest news and views on military space technology.
22 October 2014, 12:43 PM ET
U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Dava Newman to become the next deputy administrator of NASA.
22 October 2014, 09:18 AM ET
Russian cosmonauts from International Space Station's Expedition 41 crew will complete a six-hour spacewalk on Wednesday (Oct. 22).
22 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The unmanned mission will apparently send a spacecraft around the moon; on its way back toward Earth, the probe will release a capsule to perform a high-speed plunge through the planet's atmosphere.
21 October 2014, 04:12 PM ET
There's a certain irony to the observation that Tom Hanks today may be better known for flying to the moon than Alan Bean, who actually went there. The actor and director celebrates Bean and laments his anonymity in the pages of "The New Yorker."
21 October 2014, 03:40 PM ET
Astronauts and innovators, including SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk, are descending upon MIT this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the university's aeronautics and astronautics department.
19 October 2014, 02:30 PM ET
Comet Siding Spring came within just 87,000 miles of the Martian surface at 2:27 p.m. EDT today — about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. The comet barreled by at 126,000 mph relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said.
18 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring — unknown and undiscovered until 2013 — will zoom past the Red Planet Sunday afternoon (Oct. 19) in an encounter that could help scientists better understand how the solar system came to be.
18 October 2014, 02:01 AM ET
See photos of the third mission flown by the US Air Force's secret space plane, the X-37B.
18 October 2014, 12:38 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force landed its mysterious X-37B space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 17, 2014. See photos of the X-37B spacecraft's landing here.
17 October 2014, 05:27 PM ET
ESA officials are asking the public to come up with a better name for the spot on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where the Rosetta mission will drop a lander during a historic, unprecedented maneuver on Nov. 12.
17 October 2014, 04:31 PM ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has selected proposals from 10 universities to begin investigating the possible use of cubesats as auxiliary components to missions to Europa and beyond.
17 October 2014, 04:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will soon begin a new round of rocket-powered test flights of the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo to prepare for eventual passenger flights to space.
17 October 2014, 02:18 PM ET
The X-37B touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday (Oct. 17), ending a space mission that kicked off in December 2012 and saw the unmanned vehicle circle Earth for an unprecedented 675 days.
17 October 2014, 11:03 AM ET
A spacecraft exploring the Saturn system was zapped by static electricity sent out one of the ringed wonder's many moons in 2005, a new study suggests.
17 October 2014, 08:00 AM ET
See news, images and videos about comets, icy wanderers in the solar system.
17 October 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Forty-six years ago this week, NASA's first Apollo astronauts to launch into space were circling the Earth, just as the crew's mission patch depicted. The official insignia though, was not what the crew initially envisioned as representing their flight.
17 October 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring will zoom within 87,000 miles of Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday (Oct. 19). Scientists will observe the flyby using the fleet of spacecraft already at Mars, studying the comet and any effects its dust has on the planet's atmosphere.
17 October 2014, 03:02 AM ET
An Ariane 5 launcher fired into space Thursday (Oct. 16) from French Guiana, hauling two commercial satellites destined to broadcast television to Latin America for Intelsat, DirecTV and Argentina's national telecom company.
16 October 2014, 03:45 PM ET
Sierra Nevada Corp. filed suit in federal court Oct. 15, seeking to overturn a NASA decision to lift a stop-work order on contracts it awarded to Boeing and SpaceX.
16 October 2014, 01:35 PM ET
India on Oct. 16 successfully launched the third of seven planned satellites for its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which is expected to be fully operational in 2015.