Spaceflight Archive
29 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
On Nov. 12, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe will try to drop a robotic lander onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. No spacecraft has ever attempted a soft landing on a comet before.
29 September 2014, 12:00 PM 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.
27 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronauts may be able to walk on the moon faster than previously thought, a new study reports. These new findings could help scientists design better spacesuits that could aid astronauts' exploration of the moon, Mars or asteroids.
26 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Engineers have integrated the two stages of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on a highly anticipated unmanned mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December.
26 September 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Among the nearly 2,000 planets found beyond our solar system, there are volcanic super-Earths, gas giants that dwarf Jupiter and worlds with multiple sunsets. Here are some of the most incredible.
26 September 2014, 11:58 AM ET
NASA has developed apps that can track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt for comets, but its latest app is an educational project for kids all about rocket launches.
26 September 2014, 10:17 AM ET
The White House is looking to data from NASA's space shuttle program to help in the fight against climate change. NASA will publicly release hi-res topographic maps of the globe to help other nations prepare for a changing environment.
26 September 2014, 09:59 AM ET
ISS crew member Alexander Gerst captured a complete orbit of Earth. The station passes from day to night, back to day in that time-period. An aurora can be seen in the nighttime portion of the video.
26 September 2014, 08:49 AM ET
The Soyuz TMA-14M failed to deploy one of its solar arrays en-route to the International Space Station. The power aboard the spacecraft was not interrupted. They docked about 6 hours after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
26 September 2014, 07:44 AM ET
What do astronauts, a towel and a paranoid android have in common? The answer is 42. The International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew has featured the link between their numerical designation and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on a poster and
25 September 2014, 11:10 PM ET
Three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 41 crew launched into orbit on Sept. 25, 2014 (Eastern Time). See photos of their launch and arrival at the orbiting laboratory.
25 September 2014, 10:53 PM ET
A Russian-built Soyuz space capsule carrying a crew of three reached the International Space Station late Thursday (Sept. 25), despite a stuck solar array that failed to deploy just after its launch six hours earlier.
25 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Waypoint 2 Space, a Houston-based company that trains people for commercial spaceflight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a spacewalk simulator called the Modular EVA Training System (METS).
25 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova and NASA's Barry Wilmore launched to the ISS on September 25th, 2014. (Sept. 26th, Kazakh time). They launched aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft.
25 September 2014, 04:45 PM ET
A Russian-built Soyuz rocket launched a new crew for the International Space Station into orbit on Thursday (Sept. 25). See how the NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and his Russian crewmates will reach the space station in just six hours here.
25 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
NASA will provide live video coverage of the docking today (Sept. 25) of a new crew to the International Space Station and you can watch the action live beginning at 9:45 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT). Here's how to watch live.
25 September 2014, 11:16 AM ET
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was achieved on a budget of 75 million. NASA Maven Mission cost nearly 10X more. Newsy explains why there is such a big difference.
25 September 2014, 11:14 AM ET
India's first spacecraft to visit Mars is beaming back its first photos of the Red Planet just days after its arrival this week. See the first photos of Mars by India's Mangalyaan spacecraft as part of it Mars Orbiter Mission.
25 September 2014, 08:35 AM ET
It maybe the 'answer to ending the political gridlock in America' said the former U.S. president while speaking to ISS crew members Reid Weisman and Alexander Gerst about how they work in unison with international partners.
25 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Astronauts paid a virtual visit to former President Bill Clinton today from the International Space Station, sharing their perspectives on Earth from orbit.
25 September 2014, 07:24 AM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft will launch a new U.S.-Russian crew on a swift six-hour flight to the International Space Station today (Sept. 25), and you can watch the action in space live online.
25 September 2014, 07:11 AM ET
MAVEN sent home its first images of Mars' upper atmosphere early Monday morning (Sept. 22), just eight hours after entering orbit around the Red Planet.
24 September 2014, 05:30 PM ET
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced that his space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, has a new corporate sponsor: Grey Goose.
24 September 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, who led the first expedition onboard Russia's final Salyut space station, died Sept. 20. He was 72. Chosen to train as a cosmonaut in April 1970, his only space flight was to the Salyut 7 orbiting outpost.
23 September 2014, 10:15 PM ET
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe was captured by the Red Planet's gravity around 10:11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, making India just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and Europe — to place a spacecraft in Mars orbit.
23 September 2014, 10:01 PM ET
The Rosetta spacecraft's NAVCAM captured four photos that ESA stitched together to create a close-up mosaic of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
23 September 2014, 06:23 PM ET
Fans of the renowned American author Ray Bradbury take note: The writer's personal collection of sci-fi memorabilia and art is now up for sale online.
23 September 2014, 06:00 PM ET
NASA announced a new contest called the Mars Balance Mass Challenge, inviting the public to submit design ideas for dual-purpose spacecraft weight balances for a future Mars mission.
23 September 2014, 01:16 PM ET
The private space company's cargo spacecraft delivered supplies, a 3-D printer and more to the International Space Station on September 23rd, 2014. Full Story: http://goo.gl/6A5wcu
23 September 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) orbiter, named Mangalyaan, will arrive at the Red Planet at 10:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 23, 2014. Instruments aboard the spacecraft will study the Martian surface, composition and atmosphere.
23 September 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The image captures the Saturn moons Tethys, Hyperion and Prometheus,, along with the gas giant's iconic rings. Cassini took the picture on July 14, 2014, when it was about 1.2 million miles from Tethys, NASA officials saiD.
23 September 2014, 07:10 AM ET
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station this morning (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 5,000 lbs. of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA.
23 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX officially broke ground today (Sept. 22) on the facility, which will be located near Boca Chica Beach, at the far southern tip of the Lone Star State. The spaceport should be operational by 2016.
22 September 2014, 04:25 PM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal operations after a high-energy particle event forced the mission to enter safe mode, knocking its ion drive offline.
22 September 2014, 11:00 AM ET
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) should finish its 24-minute orbit-insertion burn at 10:11 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Confirmation of the success (or failure) of this crucial maneuver should come to ground control minutes later, mission officials have said.
22 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The MAVEN spacecraft executed a picture-perfect orbital insertion burn late Sunday night (Sept. 21), slowing down enough to get captured by Mars' gravity in a Red Planet arrival that had mission team members cheering with excitement and relief.