Spaceflight Archive
01 April 2015, 07:06 AM ET
Engineers subjected the saucer-shaped Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle, which is part of a project designed to help get heavy payloads down safely on Mars, to a "spin table" test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tuesday.
01 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The scars inflicted during the Curiosity rover mission's 2012 landing faded steadily for about two years, but the pace slackened thereafter, and some appear even to be darkening again, researchers said.
01 April 2015, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in March 2015.
31 March 2015, 05:04 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory and components of the delivery spacecraft whence it came have been spied by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on several occasions since in August 2012.
31 March 2015, 03:30 PM ET
It is called NIROSETI for near-infrared optical SETI. This new instrument can record levels of light over time so that patterns can be analyzed and assessed for potential signs of other civilizations.
31 March 2015, 12:45 PM ET
Much is unknown about Pluto, including what its surface features are like and what kind of weather patterns it has, if any.
31 March 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
31 March 2015, 11:10 AM ET
Pluto was considered a planet until 2006, when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
31 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
This week the science fiction movie epic 'Interstellar' gets released on Blu-ray, with 3 hours of science-packed bonus material that will have space fans drooling.
31 March 2015, 07:21 AM ET
Countries including the United States, Russia, Japan and India combined to launch eight space missions in a five-day span last week, beginning just a few days after winter relinquished its grip on the land with the spring equinox on March 20.
30 March 2015, 04:32 PM ET
NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home.
30 March 2015, 03:26 PM ET
The world's first private-sector space plane, SpaceShipOne, has landed on the ground at the National Air and Space Museum after 10 years in 'Flight.'
30 March 2015, 02:52 PM ET
Here's your chance to name a rocket. United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
New Horizons becomes the first probe to explore Pluto in mid-2015.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are considering further targets for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to visit following its Pluto encounter this summer, should funding be provided.
30 March 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Here's a quick look at the evolution of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which originally envisioned bagging up an entire space rock but will now pluck a boulder from a large asteroid.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Last week, NASA's Messenger spacecraft executed the first of a series of engine burns designed to lift the probe's orbit slightly and delay its inevitable impact into Mercury's surface by up to a month.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
A Q&A about the first flight test of NASA's Orion capsule with two of the people responsible for the deep-space vehicle's development.
29 March 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Two spaceflyers blasted off on the first-ever yearlong mission to the International Space Station and NASA announced its plan to haul a boulder from a near-Earth asteroid to lunar orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 March 2015, 01:34 PM ET
From the first (contraband) corned beef sandwich in space to astronomy's oldest known 'Nova,' don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2015.
28 March 2015, 12:23 AM ET
Three new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won't be leaving for about one year.
27 March 2015, 04:04 PM ET
NASA's Scott Kelly and Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko have begun their flight to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft.
27 March 2015, 03:47 PM ET
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
27 March 2015, 01:44 PM ET
NASA's Kelly astronaut twins met up for a photo Thursday (March 26), just a day before one of them was scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station on an epic and unprecedented yearlong mission.
27 March 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Preparing to go to space for a year is no walk in the park. But with two years of training behind them, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko did, in fact, visit a park.
27 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to begin their unprecedented one-year mission to the International Space Station on Friday (March 27).
27 March 2015, 10:37 AM ET
NASA Chief Charles Bolden the 1-year mission of astronaut Scott Kelly advances the US's space goals.
27 March 2015, 08:01 AM ET
An astronaut "smart shirt" -- one that could someday beam biometric information back to ground controllers to keep an eye on the spacefarer's health – is now on a space mission of sorts.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
NASA's newest Mars probe recently made a risky dive into the Red Planet's upper atmosphere to learn more about how the planet's climate changed over time.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
A three-person crew will blast off to the International Space Station today (March 27), and two of them won't be coming back to Earth for a full year. You can watch live online as the yearlong mission begins.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts today typically spend 6 months in orbit, and a yearlong mission is underway, but Mars missions would take years.
26 March 2015, 05:54 PM ET
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are set to make history as the first crewmembers to spend a year onboard the International Space Station, but the two are not the first to log 12 months off the planet.