Spaceflight Archive
22 May 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.
22 May 2015, 10:34 AM ET
A manned mission to Pluto may be far out, but it's not impossible.
22 May 2015, 07:17 AM ET
In the new Disney film 'Tomorrowland,' now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. 'To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts,' said director Brad Bird.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Cubesats have pushed beyond the sphere of academia, becoming major tools for governments conducting a variety of missions and for companies earning revenues from space.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
21 May 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
21 May 2015, 09:19 AM ET
In situations where sunlight is not available, like shadowed craters, its been a challenge to supply power to spacecrafts, landers and rovers. The space agency is looking into nuclear systems as an alternative.
20 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration.
20 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to blast off today (May 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a four-hour window that opens at 10:45 a.m. EDT. You can watch it live beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster also carried the Planetary Society's tiny LightSail to orbit.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
You can learn all about how scientists have conceptualized, debated and studied black holes over time, during a live webcast that begins this evening (May 21) at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT).
20 May 2015, 11:14 AM ET
The Air Force space plane launched atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. AFSPC-5 mission payloads include the Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4) and 10 cubesats.
19 May 2015, 11:18 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14.
18 May 2015, 05:48 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's AFSPC-5 mission is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. It will blast off from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
18 May 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The NASA payload aims to test how the space environment affects certain materials. The experiment is flying aboard the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spacecraft, which is scheduled to blast off Wednesday from Cape Canaveral.
18 May 2015, 04:24 PM ET
An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before, scientists say.
18 May 2015, 04:01 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's fourth mystery mission of its X-37B space plane launches on May 20, 2015. How long the mission will last, and its exact purpose, is a mystery. See photos from the mission here.
18 May 2015, 03:03 PM ET
A Proton rocket carrying the Mexsat-1 satellite for the Mexican government crashed shortly after blasting off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday. An anomaly with the Proton's third-stage engine was detected shortly after liftoff.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
18 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Smoke fills the cabin of a Star City Soyuz simulator and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov are forced to work through their contingency plans.
18 May 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration's overall request for NASA, but cuts commercial crew and space technology funds, adding it to planetary science and SLS.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that would test out asteroid-deflection technologies. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to slam a robotic probe into a space rock in 2022.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Boeing has begun testing components of the CST-100 crew capsule's 'pusher abort system' at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
17 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A Russian cargo craft may have failed due to a problem with the rocket that launched it into space, and an astronaut explains how to "go" in space. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
17 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, kicking off the vehicle's fourth mission.
15 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
If you've been a fan of NASA's website for more than a decade, you can thank an unlikely space geek: actor Tom Cruise.
15 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.
15 May 2015, 10:30 AM ET
The House Science Committee approved four bills on commercial space topics during a lengthy markup session May 13 marked by partisan divides on a number of issues.
15 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet.
15 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," by tech journalist Ashlee Vance, will be released on May 19. But you can get a sneak peak at the book now, via a lengthy excerpt published Thursday (May 14) on Bloomberg.com.