Spaceflight Archive
01 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
While many Americans will spend Labor Day (Sept. 1) barbecuing, relaxing and soaking up the end of summer, U.S. astronauts in space will spend the holiday in their own way: floating in weightlessness.
31 August 2014, 01:06 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
30 August 2014, 12:22 PM ET
From donning a new space suit to a beautiful star explosion, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 30, 2014.
29 August 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will mark the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian's curator charged with its care.
29 August 2014, 01:28 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end.
29 August 2014, 10:39 AM ET
Final Frontier Design aims to produce spacesuits in Brooklyn, NY. The company's Space Suit Experience offers space fans the chance to try on a spacesuit for $400.
29 August 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Space fans can get a taste of life in space without ever leaving Earth thanks to new venture from a private spacesuit manufacturer.
29 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's GOES-West satellite snapped a photo of Marie at 11:00 a.m. EDT Thursday (Aug. 28), the same day it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Marie was about 865 miles west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico at the time.
28 August 2014, 04:07 PM ET
With tourists venturing into space, next-generation space suits are key to the success of commercial spaceflight.
28 August 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force's X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014.
28 August 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year.
28 August 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A massive retired military rocket is about to begin undergoing a museum restoration and its curators are seeking help to ensure it is exhibited correctly. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announced plans to begin restoring its Titan 4B rocket.
27 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
NASA officials will hold a teleconference to discuss progress on the Space Launch System rocket designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before. The news conference is expected to begin at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) today (Aug. 27).
27 August 2014, 07:02 AM ET
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
27 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX scrubbed the planned early Wednesday liftoff of a commercial communications satellite to perform a thorough check of its launch systems in the wake of a test-flight mishap last week involving a prototype rocket.
26 August 2014, 07:36 PM ET
A look at Masten Space System's plans for the U.S. military's proposed Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) vehicle. Masten is one of three companies holding XS-1 design contracts.
26 August 2014, 03:13 PM ET
NASA astronaut Robert Overmyer, who flew on two space shuttle missions in the early 1980s, was remembered Saturday (Aug. 23) with the dedication of a historical marker in his Ohio hometown.
26 August 2014, 12:09 PM ET
The steel tower used to mount NASA space shuttles atop jumbo jets to fly them cross-country after they landed in California is now being dismantled. The Mate-Demate Device at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center stood for four decades.
26 August 2014, 11:49 AM ET
Former NASA administrator Mike Griffin thinks the United States' dependence on Russian technology to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is tantamount to a "hostage situation," according to an interview conducted in May.
26 August 2014, 08:46 AM ET
The U.S. Army launched a prototype hypersonic weapon test from Alaska on Monday (Aug. 25), only to destroy the superfast vehicle seconds later when something went wrong.
26 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made the first-ever flyby of Neptune on Aug. 25, 1989, zipping by the planet and its moon Triton in quick succession. The historic encounter gave a face to two worlds that until that time had dwelt in depth and shadow.
25 August 2014, 06:06 PM ET
A robotic space probe is due to set down on a comet in November, and now scientists have identified five sites where it could land.
25 August 2014, 03:40 PM ET
Expedition 40 astronaut Alexander Gerst said "We flew right through a massive aurora after last week's solar mass ejection." The space station maintains a altitude of between 205 and 270 miles above Earth.
25 August 2014, 03:37 PM ET
New Horizons — which is scheduled to zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015 — passed Neptune's orbit today, 25 years to the day after NASA's Voyager 2 probe executed the first-ever flyby of faraway Neptune and its icy moon Triton.
25 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
NASA is developing a band of autonomous robots called "swarmies" that use radio waves to communicate with each other and may one day be used to explore the moon or Mars.
25 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
ESA's Rosetta mission will attempt to land its Philae lander in November 2014 on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Measurements of surface temperature, mass and gravity from the probe weighed into the decision.
25 August 2014, 10:07 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the M5.6-class flare in multiple wavelengths, while the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory wide view captured some of the ensuing coronal mass ejection.
25 August 2014, 08:03 AM ET
The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer. The moon smells like gunpowder.
24 August 2014, 09:12 AM ET
The launch service provider Arianespace confirmed late Friday (Aug. 22) that two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation network were released into the wrong orbit after launching aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana.
23 August 2014, 11:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
From dramatic star formation to Russia's next-generation rocket, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 23, 2014.
23 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
From Venus and Jupiter taking center stage, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
23 August 2014, 11:44 AM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket was forced to self-destruct after an anomaly during a test flight on Friday April 21st, 2014. They are preparing a thorough investigation into Friday's mishap.
23 August 2014, 10:34 AM ET
A Soyuz ST-B rocket blasted off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana with a payload of two Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites for the Galileo constellation.
23 August 2014, 08:20 AM ET
The northern lights illuminated Arctic skies earlier this week in a stunning display that could even be appreciated by astronauts living on the International Space Station.