Spaceflight Archive
21 July 2014, 03:40 PM ET
NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing was a human spaceflight feat, but also a dangerous journey. See some of the scariest moments of first manned moon landing as described by space historian and science writer Rod Pyle, author of 'Destination Moon.'
21 July 2014, 03:07 PM ET
What does the site of the first moon-landing look like 45 years later? A NASA probe orbiting the moon has recently beamed back new images of what Apollo 11's Tranquility Base looks like now.
21 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Astronaut Kathy Sullivan poses for a picture with her space suit.
21 July 2014, 12:22 PM ET
A high-flying package of live animals, plant seeds, and materials samples shot into space Friday (July 18) aboard a retrievable Russian Foton satellite, launching a two-month mission focusing on microgravity research into biological and physical sciences.
21 July 2014, 09:35 AM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) snapped imagery of the site where humanity took their first steps on the moon. An animator combined the photograph with a terrain map to create a 3D model of the Lunar Module (LM) descent stage.
21 July 2014, 09:00 AM ET
A dropship quadcopter designed by the European Space Agency could be landing rovers on Mars in the future.
21 July 2014, 08:40 AM ET
When U.S. astronauts make the next 'giant leap' launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA is presenting Kennedy Space Center with a mission patch flown on Apollo 11 for the first Mars crew.
21 July 2014, 07:17 AM ET
After 21.5 hours on the moon, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin blasted off from the lunar surface on July 21, 1969 to rejoin their crewmate Michael Collins in orbit.
21 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
What does the future of moon exploration look like? Will it be lunar colonies and manned moon bases, or a desolate lunar surface devoid of human life? National and private efforts hold the key.
20 July 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The Slooh Community Observatory and NASA will broadcast two free webcasts to mark the Apollo 11 moon landing's 45th anniversary tonight (July 20). Slooh will webcast live views of the moon at 8:30 pm ET/0030 GMT. NASA will stream moonwalk video later.
20 July 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Space.com was founded on July 20, 1999 on the 30th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing. Here, managing editor Tariq Malik recounts the last 15 years of Space.com, and the wonder of it all.
20 July 2014, 08:31 AM ET
The 45th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing is today (July 20) and just might have space fans round the world wondering what it would be like to walk on the moon. The Girl Scouts of America, it turns out, has gone even farther.
20 July 2014, 07:25 AM ET
It was the main event: On July 20, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 crew touched their Eagle lander down on the lunar surface. Here's how Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins did it.
20 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong clambered down the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar lander and pressed his boot into the moon's gray dirt — a simple step that stands as perhaps the most memorable moment in all of human history.
20 July 2014, 12:57 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
19 July 2014, 12:31 PM ET
From a cosmic rubber ducky to an experimental space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 19, 2014.
19 July 2014, 07:51 AM ET
On July 19, 1969, the third day of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made their fourth TV broadcast of the flight. This time, from near the moon.
19 July 2014, 07:15 AM ET
The moon is a tough place to explore. It's several days away from Earth. Solar radiation sears the moon's surface. Its gravity is lumpy, and there is no atmosphere to protect astronauts from the elements. See how NASA handled risk during Apollo 11 and oth
18 July 2014, 08:19 PM ET
Naturally occurring pits and tubes, caused by ancient movement of molten rock, could provide safe harbor against meteorites, thermal shock, radiation and dust. This idea has been studied for 3 decades, but LRO images have now found real candidates.
18 July 2014, 03:36 PM ET
Diagrams and NASA artwork show how Apollo astronauts flew to the moon.
18 July 2014, 12:40 PM ET
After refusing to fire its engines last week for a course correction, a vintage NASA spacecraft did produce a bit of thrust Wednesday (July 16), proving it still has at least some fuel left after 36 years in space.
18 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, who commanded space shuttle Discovery's first flight, died on July 17, 2014. He was 80. Hartsfield logged a total of 483 hours in space, circling the Earth 321 times on three space shuttle missions.
18 July 2014, 10:26 AM ET
On the second day of their historic mission to land on the moon for the first time, the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong (commander), Mike Collins (command module pilot) and Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) received a small gift from Mission Control.
18 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has gotten its best look yet at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with which it will rendezvous early next month. And the results are surprising, researchers said.
17 July 2014, 06:12 PM ET
Following a flawless launch the day before, the Apollo 11 crew continued their historic journey to the moon on July 17, 1969. Landing at the Sea of Tranquility was scheduled for July 20.
17 July 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Filmmaker Rod Pyle compiles footage from July of 1969 in commemoration of the mission that put the first bootprints on the moon. The title is taken from President John F. Kennedy's so-called "moon speech" of 12 September 1962.
17 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
General Electric is taking a 'small step' into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in making mankind's first 'giant leap' on the moon. The company will offer its moon boot-inspired sneakers 45 years to the day after the firs
17 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
The first moon landing, 45 years ago on Sunday (July 20), didn't just define a decade, it set a new chapter in human history. That Apollo 11 moon landing, and the U.S.-Soviet Union Space Race that led up to it, star in CNN's 'The Sixties' tonight July 17.
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
17 July 2014, 12:39 AM ET
'Space tourism' is a catch-all term that encompasses three different ideas of what the industry could look like.
16 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
“Dr. Rendezvous” talks with Space.com about moonwalking, seeing Earth from Tranquility Base (and how the spacesuit restrained him from doing so) and the inside story of landing on Moon. -- Excerpt from Space.com Google+ Hangout: http://goo.gl/xJktMk
16 July 2014, 04:07 PM ET
The European spacecraft has completed a risky aerobreaking maneuver in Venus' atmosphere, allowing critical data of the planet's atmosphere to be taken.