Spaceflight Archive
08 October 2014, 02:38 PM ET
The test flight, scheduled for December 2014, will examine NASA's new spacecraft by flying it farther than any humans have been since the Apollo missions. NASA engineer Kelly Smith takes explains the flight, step by step.
08 October 2014, 12:00 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo completed an unpowered "glide flight" from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport Tuesday. The vehicle rotated its tail and wings upward during the test, "feathering" them as it would to during the descent phase of a suborbital spaceflight.
08 October 2014, 11:23 AM ET
Space Center Houston is now a member of the Smithsonian's crew. Space Center Houston, which serves as the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas, is officially the first museum in Houston to be named a Smithsonian Affiliate.
07 October 2014, 04:32 PM ET
An architect with an interest in spaceflight has drafted a design to relaunch the display of a Saturn V moon rocket in Houston. Brantley Hightower's idea for a glass-fronted building came after he visited the booster at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
07 October 2014, 02:49 PM ET
Two astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to do some maintenance and repair work during a more than six-hour spacewalk today (Oct. 7).
07 October 2014, 11:42 AM ET
ISS crew members Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst's spacewalk consists of moving a failed cooling pump, installing a relay system and replacing electronics on October 7th, 2014.
07 October 2014, 10:20 AM ET
See photos of NASA's Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst taking their first spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
07 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Two astronauts will venture outside the confines of the International Space Station for a spacewalk today (Oct. 7).
06 October 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is expected to head to the orbiting lab inside SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft in 2015. The BEAM mission will test out expandable-habitat technology, NASA officials have said.
06 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Stratolaunch's huge rocket-launching plane could be launching Sierra Nevada Corporation's Dream Chaser space plane into orbit a few years from now.
05 October 2014, 12:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 October 2014, 08:53 AM ET
One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's spaceship, is "on the verge" of another breakthrough in the industry.
04 October 2014, 11:01 AM ET
From a stunning image of the Red Planet from India's first spacecraft to a spectacular new photo showing a cluster of stars, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Oct. 4, 2014.
04 October 2014, 08:30 AM ET
A NASA-backed study explores an innovative way to dramatically cut the cost of a human expedition to Mars -- put the crew in stasis.
03 October 2014, 06:00 PM ET
On Oct. 4, 2004, the privately funded SpaceShipOne reached outer space for the second time in less than a week, winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the team that built the craft and giving a nascent industry a huge shot in the arm.
03 October 2014, 12:25 PM ET
Lynn Sherr — the author of the recently-released book, "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space" — paid tribute to the late astronaut Thursday (Oct. 2) on the satirical news program "The Colbert Report."
03 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, which arrived in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August after a 10-year deep-space chase, has photographed jets erupting from the icy wanderer's surface.
02 October 2014, 04:20 PM ET
SpaceShipOne launched the era of private spaceflight.
02 October 2014, 04:05 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo should start flying paying customers into space sometime in 2015, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has said.
02 October 2014, 03:22 PM ET
When a Russian Soyuz spaceship pulled up to the International Space Station on Sept. 25, it had a distinctly off-kilter look due to a stuck solar wing. Here's how it looked to NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman from inside the orbiting laboratory.
02 October 2014, 02:10 PM ET
The 235 feet (72 meters) tall United Launch Alliance rocket was moved to Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on September 30th, 2014 and lifted into vertical position on October 1st, 2014.
02 October 2014, 01:28 PM ET
The countdown is underway for the removal of NASA's iconic launch countdown clock at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The large digital clock, which has stood for more than four decades, is being replaced by a modern display screen with more capabilities.
02 October 2014, 01:15 PM ET
Celebrating a quarter-century of robotic and astronaut achievements in space, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a new collector coin commemorating the anniversary of the Canadian Space Agency.
02 October 2014, 12:47 PM ET
On Oct. 4, 2004, private test pilot Brian Binnie launched into space at the controls of SpaceShipOne, making commercial spaceflight history. See how Binnie piloted SpaceShipOne to help his team win the $10 million Ansari XPrize.
02 October 2014, 10:25 AM ET
You don't have to become an astronaut to use the International Space Station's new 3D printer.
02 October 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking. Instead of the bulky spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT researchers want to "shrink-wrap" the spaceflyers of tomorrow.
02 October 2014, 07:01 AM ET
A global network of skywatching detectives has pieced together the strange story of a Russian military spy satellite that re-entered Earth's atmosphere earlier this month, sparking a spectacular sky show over five U.S. states.
02 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
In the style of the popular television show 'The Amazing Race,' Canadian astronauts David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen had to complete physical and mental challenges concerning partners of the Canadian Space Agency.
01 October 2014, 03:32 PM ET
The Delta 4 Heavy rocket was rolled out to Launch Complex 37 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sept. 30, then lifted to a vertical position Oct. 1 to prepare for the Dec. 4 test flight of NASA's Orion crew capsule.
01 October 2014, 08:22 AM ET
Images by astronaut Reid Wiseman as he floats above Earth in the International Space Station.
01 October 2014, 06:30 AM ET
NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation will investigate ways to collaborate on future Mars missions, officials said Tuesday. The two agencies also laid out their roles on the NISAR Earth-observation mission, which is due to launch in 2020.
01 October 2014, 06:30 AM ET
An inside look at a recent space-startup competition in Silicon Valley.