Spaceflight Archive
05 September 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Scientists want your help sorting through gorgeous images of Earth at night snapped by orbiting astronauts. Studying such photographs could show how light pollution is affecting human health and reveal ways to save energy and improve public safety.
05 September 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Space travelers from around the world are headed for China this month for an international Planetary Congress to explore the possibilities of expanding human spaceflight cooperation among different countries.
05 September 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2025, announced today (Sept. 4) that it's raffling off a round-trip suborbital flight aboard XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane.
04 September 2014, 02:26 PM ET
A YouTube search for "astronauts falling over" will yield dozens of results. New experiments might help explain why the Apollo astronauts occasionally struggled to stay upright.
04 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The northern lights are a stunning sight for people on Earth, but even astronauts can see the incredible light shows from outer space.
03 September 2014, 08:48 PM ET
The space rock (named 2014 RC) was discover on August 31st, 2014 by the Catalina Sky Survey. Its closest approach, about 2:18pm EDT - September 7th, will be about one-tenth the distance from Earth to the Moon (~25,000 miles).
03 September 2014, 06:07 PM ET
The space tourism company and its partner automaker has just announced a chance for you and 3 of your friends to fly on SpaceShipTwo. Find out more about it at virgin.com.
03 September 2014, 11:50 AM ET
If you have any predictions about the state of space exploration a decade from now, NASA would like to hear them. The agency is soliciting messages for a 'time capsule' to fly aboard its Osiris-Rex asteroid mission.
03 September 2014, 06:20 AM ET
China's space program has set its sights on an ambitious feat of lunar exploration: robotically landing a probe on the moon and returning lunar samples back to Earth.
02 September 2014, 05:46 PM ET
The technology powering robotic arms in space could be used to perform minor surgeries for children on Earth.
02 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
The 3D printer, which is scheduled to launch toward the orbiting lab Sept. 19 aboard SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo capsule, could help lay the foundation for an in-space manufacturing economy, agency officials say.
02 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The time has come -- the little Mars rover needs its first memory wipe.
02 September 2014, 01:45 PM ET
A group of geckos sent to space so that scientists could study the lizards' zero-g mating habits have died.
02 September 2014, 01:13 PM ET
A German artist who once painted the side of a Russian rocket is auctioning his Soviet space relic collection, including examples of his own space art, a piece of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's Vostok space capsule and a 'dog space suit.'
02 September 2014, 11:19 AM ET
NASA's next spaceship, the Orion capsule, has had a wet summer. For a full week in August, NASA engineers and the U.S. Navy worked side by side to practice retrieving the Orion spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean after a water splashdown.
01 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
While many Americans will spend Labor Day (Sept. 1) barbecuing, relaxing and soaking up the end of summer, U.S. astronauts in space will spend the holiday in their own way: floating in weightlessness.
31 August 2014, 01:06 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
30 August 2014, 12:22 PM ET
From donning a new space suit to a beautiful star explosion, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 30, 2014.
29 August 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will mark the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian's curator charged with its care.
29 August 2014, 01:28 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end.
29 August 2014, 10:39 AM ET
Final Frontier Design aims to produce spacesuits in Brooklyn, NY. The company's Space Suit Experience offers space fans the chance to try on a spacesuit for $400.
29 August 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Space fans can get a taste of life in space without ever leaving Earth thanks to new venture from a private spacesuit manufacturer.
29 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's GOES-West satellite snapped a photo of Marie at 11:00 a.m. EDT Thursday (Aug. 28), the same day it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Marie was about 865 miles west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico at the time.
28 August 2014, 04:07 PM ET
With tourists venturing into space, next-generation space suits are key to the success of commercial spaceflight.
28 August 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force's X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014.
28 August 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year.
28 August 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A massive retired military rocket is about to begin undergoing a museum restoration and its curators are seeking help to ensure it is exhibited correctly. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announced plans to begin restoring its Titan 4B rocket.
27 August 2014, 07:02 AM ET
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
27 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX scrubbed the planned early Wednesday liftoff of a commercial communications satellite to perform a thorough check of its launch systems in the wake of a test-flight mishap last week involving a prototype rocket.
26 August 2014, 07:36 PM ET
A look at Masten Space System's plans for the U.S. military's proposed Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) vehicle. Masten is one of three companies holding XS-1 design contracts.
26 August 2014, 03:13 PM ET
NASA astronaut Robert Overmyer, who flew on two space shuttle missions in the early 1980s, was remembered Saturday (Aug. 23) with the dedication of a historical marker in his Ohio hometown.