Spaceflight Archive
31 August 2015, 06:01 PM ET
Six scientists will live together, but totally isolated from the rest of the world, in a mock Mars colony for 365 days to learn about the psychological toll of a mission to Mars.
31 August 2015, 05:26 PM ET
Denmark's first astronaut is launching on a ten-day taxi flight to the International Space Station, taking with him a Danish toy that is known worldwide. Andreas Mogensen will fly to the station with LEGO minifigures bearing the official logo of his missi
31 August 2015, 02:48 PM ET
NASA began an early feasibility study for missions to the distant, mostly-ignored ice-giants Uranus and Neptune, a senior agency official said here Aug. 24.
31 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Stephen Petranek thinks humans will live on Mars within 20 years, and he states his case in a new book, "How We'll Live on Mars."
31 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA already plans to launch a spacecraft to the Jupiter moon Europa in the early to mid-2020s, and it's also mulling a mission to the Saturn satellite Enceladus that would lift off by the end of 2021.
30 August 2015, 11:10 AM ET
Mars One seeks billionaires, Ceres and Dione get close-ups, a Martian hoax is debunked and Stephen Hawking solves a black hole conundrum in Space.com's top stories for this week.
30 August 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A Japanese cargo ship that arrived on Monday at the space station delivered an astrophysics telescope that will join the flagship Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in hunting for cosmic rays.
28 August 2015, 09:33 PM ET
From stunning rainbow jets to Saturn's Moon Dione, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 August 2015, 06:15 PM ET
The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28).
28 August 2015, 04:59 PM ET
Stuart Robbins helped plan the New Horizons' mission as a post-doc student at the Southwest Research Institute. He "strived from realism" when he plotted the Pluto system with his 3D software and "attached a camera" to the trajectory data.
28 August 2015, 03:53 PM ET
If NASA reviewers concur, the ex-Pluto probe will begin 4 maneuvers in late October/early November 2015 to be directed to the icy object 2014 MU69. New Horizon's principal investigator believes it’s the kind of ancient (Kuiper Belt Object) NASA want
28 August 2015, 03:24 PM ET
Astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka took the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft out for a ride to change parking spaces. The "brief flyover and redocking" occurred on August 28th, 2015.
28 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Whizzing across the solar system to a pinpoint landing is still just a dream for robotic spacecraft engineers — but a new technology co-developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could make distant destinations easier to reach precisely.
27 August 2015, 06:19 PM ET
The author of "The Martian" suspects a lack of cooperation from Congress will push NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet back to the middle of the century.
27 August 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's next nuclear-powered Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020, is slowly coming together. And while the Mars 2020 mission is largely based on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity now exploring the Red Planet, there are a variety of distinctions that set it apar
27 August 2015, 03:41 PM ET
One drogue and one main parachute were intentionally Not deployed in the 'failure scenario.' Orion passed with flying colors. The next generation NASA capsule was dropped over the Arizona desert on Aug. 26th, 2015.
27 August 2015, 01:46 PM ET
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were extracted by the space agency for their use onboard the International Space Station.
27 August 2015, 12:47 PM ET
3 tough questions for NASA's Jim Green, Director, Planetary Science Division: Will private industry put astronauts on Mars before NASA? Can roving robots do it better? Does NASA really want the SLS? [Space Launch System]
27 August 2015, 08:51 AM ET
Masten Space Systems, in collaboration with NASA, successfully flew the Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT) on its XA-0.1B rocket. This public-private partnership will increase landing precision on planets.
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, scientists are building eight suitcase-sized satellites that they say will drastically improve hurricane forecast and warning systems.
27 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Many astrobiologists are champing at the bit to bring samples back from Saturn's ocean-harboring moon Enceladus, but it may be best to exercise a little patience.
26 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA will intentionally crash a plane for science today at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) today. The space agency will also hold a 12:30 p.m. EDT teleconference to discuss rising sea levels and climate change.
26 August 2015, 05:00 AM ET
India's first mission to the Red Planet, called the Mars Orbiter mission, is slated to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Oct. 28, 2013. See photos from the mission's preparation here.
25 August 2015, 06:00 PM ET
A new photo, which was taken Sunday by NASA's Aqua satellite, shows just how bad this fire season has gotten in the western United States. Dozens of active blazes are visible throughout California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
25 August 2015, 05:00 PM ET
On August 19th, 2015, the HTV-5 spacecraft was launched aboard an H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center. It is carrying 4.5 tons of supplies, experiment hardware and spare parts for use on the International Space Station.
25 August 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A lonely mountain and other stunning features that dot the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres appear in amazing detail in new images from the Dawn spacecraft.
25 August 2015, 06:45 AM ET
Despite a rough landing, stem cells riding in a prototype capsule survived a long fall back to Earth during a drop test — part of an initiative to conduct research on the cells in space.
25 August 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Commercial space stations could become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the tricky transition from the government-run International Space Station to privately built and operated facilities.
25 August 2015, 06:30 AM ET
How much of the technology in "The Martian" actually exists, or is in the works, today? Read on to find out what NASA's developing for real-life manned Mars exploration.
25 August 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The biggest challenges facing the private Mars One colonization project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, group representatives said.
24 August 2015, 05:07 PM ET
Fifty years ago, two NASA astronauts were more than one-third of the way through what was to be the world's longest space mission at the time. Gordo Cooper and Pete Conrad chose while setting yet another American first in space.
24 August 2015, 04:45 PM ET
The Cassini spacecraft recently got its last close views of Dione, a small icy moon orbiting Saturn.
24 August 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Ten years after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, NASA has helped scientists better understand why the storm was so devastating, and how to save lives in the future.
24 August 2015, 12:51 PM ET
The ancient lunar surface once erupted with geysers of lava — and now, scientists think they know what caused these fiery fountains.
24 August 2015, 07:46 AM ET
A robotic Japanese cargo ship made a special delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday (Aug. 24), ending a four-day trek to ferry tons of food, supplies — and even a mouse habitat and (experimental) liquor — to the orbiting lab.
24 August 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A potential advancement in the United States’ electric propulsion capability for the future of spaceflight is being underscored by a new NASA contract to support work on the VASIMR project - short for the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket.