Spaceflight Archive
13 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
After his ride in the Little Joe 2 Spacecraft, Sam the Monkey is safely aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer.
13 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Virgin Galactic is reporting progress on creating the world's first commercial spaceline. But fitting all the elements together to handle high-velocity suborbital space travel has proved slow-going.
13 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite is in final preparations for its July 1 liftoff. The OCO-2 mission is designed to provide a comprehensive global look at atmospheric levels of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
12 June 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The space agency was forced to scrub six launch attempts of the Mars landing technology over the past two weeks as a result of unusually poor wind conditions at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii.
12 June 2014, 03:53 PM ET
On long-term space missions, such as missions to Mars, having an extrovert on board could have several disadvantages, a new study suggests.
12 June 2014, 03:42 PM ET
A series of trials at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has verified that the 3D printer developed by California-based startup Made in Space meets all the requirements for use aboard the orbiting lab, officials announced today.
12 June 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Commercial space race frontrunner SpaceX brought its new manned Dragon capsule to the Washington, D.C. this week to showcase the futuristic spaceship.
12 June 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The Dream Chaser space plane will see some more airtime later this year. Representatives of Sierra Nevada Corp., the company developing Dream Chaser, are planning to launch the space shuttle-like vehicle to space in November 2016.
12 June 2014, 12:57 PM ET
World Cup soccer excitement has launched into space. Three astronauts in orbit are getting into the World Cup spirit on the International Space Station.
12 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
The Mercury pilot, flanked by military medical officers, is on the U.S.S. Randolph.
12 June 2014, 10:00 AM ET
NASA's vintage International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft, ISEE-3, is responding to hails from a private team hoping to revive the probe for new deep-space adventures.
11 June 2014, 05:07 PM ET
In anticipation of the World Cup, which the crew of the ISS will be watching, United States astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst show off their 'futbol' moves in microgravity. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/cNMpOU
11 June 2014, 12:11 PM ET
The twin Pléiades satellites of Airbus Defence and Space captured images of the 12 stadiums in cities across Brazil that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.
11 June 2014, 12:09 PM ET
Astronaut Ed White floats in space with an earth limb in the background.
11 June 2014, 10:00 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.
11 June 2014, 08:59 AM ET
NASA's self-proclaimed 'flying saucer' just can't seem to get off the ground, and it's all Mother Nature's fault.
11 June 2014, 07:02 AM ET
NASA is heading back to the ocean floor twice in the next three months to test out techniques and technologies that could improve astronauts' lives in orbit and help them explore an asteroid down the road.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A quarter-scale prototype of SpacePlane, a vehicle being developed by the France-based company Airbus, took to the skies last month, giving engineers their first look at how the craft performs in the air.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The products that NASA develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and for decades the publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.
11 June 2014, 04:28 AM ET
Chuck Yeager was an American test pilot who was the first person to break the sound barrier — the point where a speeding object (such as an airplane) passes the speed of sound.
10 June 2014, 03:04 PM ET
A quarter-scale version of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) space plane was tested with an unpowered flight off the coast of Singapore in early May 2014. It was dropped from nearly 10,000 feet. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/MDvsRE
10 June 2014, 02:41 PM ET
NASA is offering $1.5 million in prize money this week to inventors who build a robot that can navigate a mock-alien landscape and scoop up geologic samples without any help from human controllers.
10 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The world will get its first good look at mysterious Pluto a little more than a year from now, possibly reigniting the debate over the object's planetary status. NASA's New Horizons probe will make a historic flyby of Pluto in July 2015.
10 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The next U.S. spacecraft designed to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station also need to act as lifeboats if something goes wrong on the orbiting outpost.
10 June 2014, 11:35 AM ET
The astronauts' molded couches lean against NASA's model shop wall.
09 June 2014, 05:43 PM ET
As Virgin Galactic prepares to carry paying tourists into space, it's also readying another source of flight cash: carrying tech experiments designed for microgravity.
09 June 2014, 03:12 PM ET
NASA had originally planned to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle via balloon on June 3 from Hawaii. But uncooperative winds have caused multiple delays, pushing the launch to June 5, June 7, June 9 and now June 11.
09 June 2014, 03:05 PM ET
An imaginative inventor and space pioneer has passed away. Peter Glaser, who introduced the idea of using satellites to beam solar energy from space down to Earth, died May 29 at the age of 90 at his home in Lexington, Mass.
09 June 2014, 12:28 PM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has achieved a social media milestone aboard the International Space Station, beaming the first Vine from orbit.
09 June 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In a mirror universe right now, an alternate Steve Swanson is wearing a space patch bearing the logo of the fictional Klingon Empire.
09 June 2014, 11:54 AM ET
The Faith 7 Mercury Space Capsule is brought on board with Cooper still inside.
09 June 2014, 11:20 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is opening its doors to a lucky person with cash to spare for charity.