Spaceflight Archive
18 September 2015, 07:38 AM ET
"Optical mining" could allow huge amounts of asteroid water to be tapped, advocates say. This water, in turn, could provide relatively cheap and accessible propellant for voyaging spacecraft, lowering the cost of spaceflight significantly.
18 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has been overly optimistic about its manned Red Planet plans in the past. But the agency's current goal of getting astronauts to Mars by the end of the 2030s is eminently achievable, NASA chief Charles Bolden said.
17 September 2015, 04:53 PM ET
Express AM8 is owned by the RSCC of Moscow, which has suffered from Proton’s error-prone record in the past six years more than any other company.
17 September 2015, 04:37 PM ET
The photo, which New Horizons took during its epic July 14 flyby of Pluto, captures a sunset view. Towering ice mountains cast long shadows, and more than a dozen layers of the dwarf planet's wispy atmosphere are clearly visible.
17 September 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX released a series of gorgeous images that show its crewed Dragon capsule touching down on the Red Planet.
16 September 2015, 09:43 PM ET
16 September 2015, 06:24 PM ET
Seven images were taken by Philae's ROLIS instrument from 219 Feet (67 meters) to 30 Feet (9 meters) of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko surface.
16 September 2015, 05:25 PM ET
During an award ceremony last month, the organization Shades of Blue recognized Nichelle Nichols — Lt. Uhura from the original "Star Trek" series — for her role in recruiting women and minorities to become NASA astronauts.
16 September 2015, 03:51 PM ET
Orion's first crewed sojourn, known as Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2), is targeted for launch in August 2021. But after conducting a thorough review of the Orion program last month, NASA now says EM-2's liftoff will occur "no later than April 2023."
16 September 2015, 03:40 PM ET
NASA rolled out the red carpet for two 'Red Planet' movie actors, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the agency's real journey to Mars with the stars from "The Martian." The cast members visited the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
16 September 2015, 03:00 PM ET
French designers propose an innovative shelter for Mars.
16 September 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Here's a brief rundown of how Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are helping shape the exploration and exploitation of space.
16 September 2015, 07:20 AM ET
The Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE) project is developing domiciles that could serve as Mars or moon bases.
15 September 2015, 04:13 PM ET
SpaceX will loft one satellite for the Spanish company Hispasat on its Falcon 9 rocket and launch Saudi Arabia's Arabsat 6A spacecraft on a Falcon Heavy. The launches will take place from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in late 2017 or 2018.
15 September 2015, 03:26 PM ET founder Jeff Bezos leads Blue Origin, a commercial aerospace firm that hopes to send people on suborbital and orbital space trips.
15 September 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Abigail Harrison, known on social media as 'Astronaut Abby,' has launched The Mars Generation, a nonprofit organization to get people excited again about space exploration.
15 September 2015, 11:29 AM ET
At the midpoint of astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko's stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA commissioned the actor, best known as Star Wars' Lando Calrissian, to speak of the importance of their mission.
15 September 2015, 10:38 AM ET
On September 15th, 2015, Amazon / Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos announced intentions to revitalize Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 36, site of the Mariner, Surveyor, Pioneer and other launches.
15 September 2015, 10:32 AM ET
Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will build and launch rockets and spaceships from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
15 September 2015, 08:21 AM ET
Two crewmembers aboard the International Space Station are entering rarely tread territory as they pass the six-month mark in a yearlong stay in orbit that will help scientists understand how humans might cope with a journey to Mars.
14 September 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Demonstrating one small step for rover operations, a European astronaut successfully maneuvered a machine on Earth in precision operations from his perch 250 miles (400 kilometers) high on the International Space Station.
14 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a highly capable robotic arm that could make a potentially transformative space "transportation hub" possible in the relatively near future.
13 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on Sept. 11 successfully placed two European Galileo satellites into orbit.
13 September 2015, 02:37 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beamed home incredible new images of Pluto, scientists found a giant buried ice sheet on Mars and Elon Musk chatted with Stephen Colbert about the future of spaceflight. Here are's top stories of the week. 
11 September 2015, 08:57 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov touched down safely on the Kazakh steppes Friday evening, about 3.5 hours after departing the space station.
11 September 2015, 05:09 PM ET
A new antenna design could permit Mars rovers to contact Earth directly, rather than through a spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet, and increase total communication time.
11 September 2015, 05:48 AM ET
SpaceX has thrown open the hatch leading into its Crew Dragon spacecraft, revealing a sleek black and white interior design for the capsule it is building to fly astronauts to the International Space Station and other future destinations.
11 September 2015, 05:25 AM ET
Aerojet Rocketdyne has made an unsolicited bid to buy U.S. government launch services provider United Launch Alliance for $2 billion.
10 September 2015, 06:25 PM ET
SpaceX shows how its new human-rated spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station will look in flight.
10 September 2015, 06:20 PM ET
SpaceX takes you on a quick tour of the interior of the the human-rated spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
10 September 2015, 03:13 PM ET
Texas-based Firefly Space Systems, which is developing rockets dedicated to getting small spacecraft aloft, has conducted a ground test of its Firefly Rocket Engine Research 1 (FRE-R1), company officials announced today (Sept. 10).
10 September 2015, 12:24 PM ET
Elon Musk appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," to talk about dropping nuclear bombs on Mars and a creepy new snake robot built to charge electric cars.